Several members of a Gravesend family were sentenced yesterday in Brooklyn State Supreme Court for hording an unlicensed stash of antique rifles and other weapons in their home. The New York Daily News is reporting that Thomas Siano, 60, was sentenced to over a year in prison, while his wife Kathleen, 61, and their son Vincent, 33, were sentenced to probation.
In 2010, we reported on the initial police raid of the Siano home which is located on West Street near Avenue X. At the time, cops found 10 handguns, nine shotguns, nine rifles, two assault rifles and a large quantity of ammunition. Also found in the collection were crossbows and various knives, including a blade hidden in an umbrella. The Siano’s maintained that most of the weapons were unused heirlooms passed down from their grandfather and uncle, who were avid hunters.
Despite their insistence that the weapons were unused heirlooms, the Siano clan pleaded guilty to third-degree weapon possession. Kathleen and Vincent Siano each received a five-year probation while Thomas Siano was sentenced to one-and-three-quarters years of prison time. At the sentencing, Thomas Siano’s face appeared heavily bruised and his eyes were bloodshot, victimized by an unrelated mugging that occurred over the weekend. According to the Daily News, his jail sentence was reduced due to his health condition and his age.