U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Western District of New York
For Immediate Release
August 29, 2013
William J. Hochul, Jr, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns
Three Time Felon Sentenced on Weapons Charge
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that Davon Washington, 30, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted of possessing an illegal firearm after having been previously convicted of three prior violent felonies, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer to 15 years in prison. Judge Larimer, who found that Washington was an Armed Career Offender under federal law, also placed Washington on five years of post-release supervision.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas E. Gregory, who handled the case, stated that Washington was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation on Jewel Street in Rochester. The defendant attempted to flee from the vehicle and engaged in a physical struggle with police officers. While running from the scene, Washington was observed tossing a handgun over a fence. The loaded firearm was recovered in an adjacent yard. Officers later located the defendant hiding in a nearby apartment building.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Resident Agent in Charge Scott Heagney, along with officers and investigators with the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Sheppard.