Jaylen Coliukos, 22, of Kingston, was once sentenced by means of Pass judgement on Rounds in Ulster County Courtroom on Tuesday to six years in jail for possessing a loaded firearm. He pleaded to blame ultimate November to possessing a loaded firearm in October of 2020. He was once arrested all over Kingston Police Division’s and Ulster County legislation enforcement’s investigations into the superiority of unlawful ownership of firearms.
At sentencing, the prosecutor cited intimately Coliukos’ lengthy historical past with weapons and violence. As a young person, Coliukos was once shot hospitalized in Kingston. After that have, he was once once more shot in every other county and the bullet stays in his frame to this point. In March of ultimate 12 months, he was once provide when every other Kingston teen’s existence was once reduce quick by means of a deadly gunshot to his head. Coliukos has additionally been thinking about a large number of gun-related actions on social media. His actions and historical past incorporated glorifying and selling the unlawful ownership and use of firearms. His swagger and braggadocio in social media typified the confidence and lawlessness that have the impact of encouraging different youths to take part in identical behavior, thereby perpetuating the risks and instability within the lives of abnormal law-abiding voters throughout the group. He lately changed into a father. His kid and family members had been in courtroom to turn their enhance for him. He does now not need the risk of gun violence for them and says he’s going to devote himself to getting his GED and changing into a greater guy for the group.
As he has accomplished in different gun instances involving youths, Pass judgement on Rounds inspired Coliukos to “use this revel in and alternative to serve the group and discourage different youths from happening the similar trail that introduced him earlier than the courtroom.” Ulster County DA David Clegg expressed his hope that “this situation sends a transparent message that gun ownership and violence is expensive to the group and our youths. It makes everybody really feel unsafe, and it robs the group of a part of its long run within the lives and wellbeing of our youths. It is necessary for our youths to know and understand that one intentional or unintentional act is all it takes, and lots of lives are modified without end, together with their very own. I’m hoping this stark truth discourages additional formative years gun ownership and violence.”