The veteran FDNY firefighter who was arrested last year for bringing an assault weapon, ammunition, and ghost gun parts from Philadelphia to New York has pleaded guilty to felony weapon charges in Queens and Nassau County — but will not face jail time.
Aaron B. Martin, a veteran Bravest with elite Rescue 4 in Queens, pleaded guilty last month to a pair of E felonies, the lowest level: one count of criminal possession of a firearm and one count of attempted criminal possession of an ammo clip.
He will be sentenced to five years on probation under separate agreements in Nassau and Queens counties. He was charged with 21 counts of violent felonies and faced up to 90 years in prison.
Nassau County DA Anne T. Donnelly agreed to the plea deal “based on the defendant’s years of service as an FDNY firefighter, his lack of a criminal record, and his cooperation in providing information about the additional firearms in his home,” spokeswoman Nicole Turso said.
Donnelly had boasted about Martin’s arrest in a press release last March on her creation of a new unit to investigate gun running in Nassau County.
Her office refused to explain why Martin stockpiled the weapons.
“Our investigation did not show that Martin attempted to or intended to sell the weapons in his possession,” Turso said. “Beyond that we decline to comment.”
Martin, 48, was apprehended last February after authorities followed him to the “Oaks Extravaganza” gun show in Philadelphia, where they observed him purchasing assault weapons, ammunition, and “ghost gun” parts and transporting them to New York.
Six assault weapons, multiple gun parts, and more ammo were discovered days later when Nassau County investigators executed a search warrant at Martin’s home in Baldwin, Long Island, according to records.
The firefighter, who also served as chief of the Roosevelt, Long Island, volunteer fire department, pleaded guilty without explanation, simply saying “yes” when the judge asked if he knowingly possessed a firearm and “yes” that it was operable.
Martin, who earned $192,000 last fiscal year, including $100,000 in overtime, did not return to the firehouse after his arrest on Feb. 13 but “worked in an administrative capacity” on payroll, according to FDNY spokesman Jim Long.
Long said he retired from the FDNY on Nov. 22 after 15 years of service and will be able to collect his pension in five years.
His lawyer informed the court that he intends to accept a “job offer” in Texas.
Nassau County Supreme Court Judge Phil Solages said he’d approve the out-of-state move if Martin provided a letter confirming the job. The sentencing date is set for January 30.