Bail reduced to $10,000 for Robert Katz of Vermont on firearm charges related to Hatfield traffic stop



Last modified: Friday, March 06, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Tuesday lowered bail to $10,000 for a Vermont man charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition after a December traffic stop in Hatfield.

Robert M. Katz, 44, of East Concord, Vermont, who allegedly does not have a firearms identification card, has pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful possession of a large-capacity firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunition.

He had been held on $25,000 bail since his arraignment in Northampton District Court Dec. 19. His case was moved to Hampshire Superior Court after a grand jury indicted him last month.

On Tuesday, Hampshire Superior Court Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder lowered the bail to $10,000 after hearing arguments from Katz’s attorney, Michael Aleo of Northampton, and Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Matthew D. Thomas. According to court officials, Thomas asked that bail remain at $25,000, while Aleo argued that the amount should be lowered to $5,000, which he said his client’s mother could afford.

The charges resulted from a Dec. 18 traffic stop in Hatfield when Katz was a passenger in a car. According to court documents, an officer became suspicious of Katz and the driver, Anthony Brundage, 37, of Staten Island, New York, because they had stopped in the middle of a road. They told police they were traveling from Vermont to New York and had gotten lost.

A search uncovered a black-powder gun, a handgun, and multiple kinds of ammunition, according to court documents. Katz has denied the guns were his.

Brundage, who was arraigned Feb. 24 in Hampshire Superior Court, remains held on $25,000. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful possession of a large-capacity firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm with a prior violent crime conviction and being a habitual criminal, and unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunition without a firearm identification card.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.


 


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