Former Cornell student sentenced to federal prison on weapons charges
ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – A former Cornell University student has been sentenced to two years in federal prison nearly a year after being arrested for having a large cache of weapons in his apartment.
In November, 21-year-old Maximilien Reynolds pleaded guilty to federal charges of willfully making false statements during the purchase of several firearms, including a Savage MSR-15 multi-caliber gun and a .223/5.56mm patrol rifle. He also pleaded guilty of possessing firearms not registered in the National Firearms Registry and Transfer Records.
In March 2018, Reynolds was initially charged with possessing a destructive device and an unregistered silencer, as well as making false statements in connection with the purchase of a semiautomatic rifle. The arrest followed a police search of Reynolds' Collegetown apartment on Dryden Road in Ithaca. On March 7, police say they received a tip regarding suspicious activity at the apartment.
After his cache of weapons were found, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Reynolds admitted in November 2017, he gave another student money to buy the two guns. He then cut down the barrel of the .223/5.56mm patrol rifle, making the gun illegal to posses.
Reynolds also admitted to having a device prosecutors say was a bomb as well as a silencer. Both were seized from his apartment by federal agents and local police officers.
Additionally, Reynolds admitted he had a .25 caliber Bauer Arms semiautomatic pistol, which New York State Police divers found in a canal on the south end of Cayuga Lake.
In addition to the two-year sentence, a federal judge in Albany is also recommending Reynolds be transported to the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts so he can receive medical treatment for a mental illness.
After the term, Reynolds will also be subjected to three years of supervised release.
Reynolds was initially facing 10 years in prison, but was granted leniency due to his mental health.