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Annsville man pleads guilty in charges stemming from standoff

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Daniel Bragg, an Annsville man who barricaded himself inside his home with an assault weapon, pleaded guilty in Oneida County Court Wednesday.

Bragg pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and will be serving five years in state prison.

Bragg was arrested February 4, 2012 after an eight-hour standoff with police at his home that ended peacefully.

Allegedly, Bragg had gotten into a domestic dispute with his former girlfriend. Police searched Bragg's home and found an assault weapon, which is illegal to possess in the state of New York.

Bragg claims he never knew the police were at his home and he wasn't threatening anyone with the weapon. He asserts the rifle was in his closet and was a gift for his son, who is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corp.

Bragg admits to being under the influence of medication at the time.

"There are potential charges, federally, for his infractions and, if necessary, if he wasn't willing to take a state disposition in this case, we would have pursued any and all legal means to get justice for our victims and the community," said Grant Garramone, Assistant District Attorney.

Since Bragg accepted the plea offer, he cannot be prosecuted on a federal level. A federal conviction would have meant a much stiffer penalty.

Before leaving the courtroom, Bragg yelled "hasta la taco" towards the judge.

Bragg will appear back in Oneida County Court on May 16, 2012 for sentencing.

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