New York Field Division

Watertown Man Sentenced to 130 Months in Prison for Armed Robbery

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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Robert A. Williams, 24, of Watertown, NY, was sentenced yesterday to serve 130 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release in connection with the armed robbery of a convenience store in Watertown, announced U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian. On July 8, 2014 Williams pled guilty in U.S. District Court to using and carrying a sawed-off shotgun during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Leon Convicted of Perjury

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – Today, a federal jury trial culminated in the conviction of Edward A. Leon, 43, of St. Johnsville, New York, of two counts of making false declarations before a federal grand jury, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Delano A. Reid, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New York Field Division.

Rochester Woman Arrested on Gun Charge

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.‐U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Tatiana Starling, 19, of Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint in connection with her knowing and unlawful possession of a firearm which had been stolen from a residence at 1070 Lake Avenue in Rochester. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Jury Finds Rochester Man Guilty of Marijuana Possession and Possessing a Firearm

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury found Laverne Singletary, 49, of Rochester, NY, guilty of possessing marijuana and possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony. The charges carry a maximum possible penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or both.

Member of Bronx Narcotics Organization Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 45 Years for Murder

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that CATHERINE MORALES, a member of a drug trafficking organization (the “Organization”) that operated in the Bronx, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for murdering Aisha Morales (no relation) in June 2011. MORALES pled guilty in February 2015 to one count of intentionally killing an individual while engaged in a narcotics conspiracy, before United States District Judge Richard J. Sullivan, who imposed yesterday’s sentence.

New York Man Sentenced to More Than 12 ½ Years for Illegally Possessing Cache of Machine Guns, Rifles, and Other Firearms

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ANTONIO OLMEDA of New York, New York, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman to 151 months in prison. OLMEDA pled guilty on October 14, 2014, to all six counts charged in the Indictment against him: three counts of being a convicted felon in possession of various firearms, two counts of possessing unregistered machine guns, and one count of possessing an unregistered short-barreled shotgun.

Schuele Boys Gang Associate Sentenced to Drug Charges

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Schuele Boys Gang associate Shawntorrian Travis, 36, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, was sentenced to two years probation by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the case, stated that between June 2013 and July 2014, Travis sold marijuana to co-defendant Damario James for redistribution. 

Watertown Man Sentenced to 9 years in Prison for Possessing Sawed-Off Firearms

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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Chief U.S. District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby sentenced ROBERT MONO (29, of Watertown, NY) to 112 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release following MONO’s conviction for being a convicted felon in possession of sawed-off firearms and ammunition, and possession of unregistered firearms, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.

Lackawanna Man Sentenced on Gun Charge

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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Anthony Watkins, 32, of Lackawanna, NY, who was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, was sentenced to 84 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The defendant’s supervised release on a prior federal conviction for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes was revoked and Watkins was sentenced to an additional 12 months in prison, for a total of 96 months.

Schuele Boys Gang Associate Sentenced On Drug Charge

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Ikeem Lyons, 22, of Buffalo, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, was sentenced to 10 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handling the case, stated that between June 2013 and July 23, 2014, the defendant bought quantities of cocaine from co-defendant Michael Robertson. Lyons then re-sold the cocaine to co-defendants Aaron Glenn, Demetrius Holmes and others.

Rochester Man Charged With Possession of a Firearm Linked To Murders at Boys and Girls Club

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Ramel Robinson, 21, of Rochester, NY, was charged by criminal complaint in connection with unlawful possession of a firearm which was stolen from the residence at 1070 Lake Avenue in Rochester. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Niagara Falls Man Indicted On Drug and Gun Charges

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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a six-count indictment charging Philip Vincent, 37, of Niagara Falls, NY, with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, maintaining a drug premises, possession of a weapon in furtherance of drug trafficking, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years and a $1,000,000 fine.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney, ATF, and NYPD Announce Arrest of Three Individuals for Firearms Trafficking

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Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Delano A. Reid, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), and William J. Bratton, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced today the arrest of two individuals charged with firearms trafficking in the Bronx, New York, and one individual charged with firearms trafficking, narcotics distribution, and possession of a firearm during a narcotics offense.

Buffalo Man Sentenced for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and a Violation of Supervised Release

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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Rai Johnson, 36, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and violation of supervised release, was sentenced to 26 months in prison by U.S. Senior District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
 

Rochester Man Charged with Robbery and Gun Charges

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Johnny Blackshell, Jr., 21, Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with Hobbs Act robbery, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years in prison, a maximum of life and a $250,000 fine.

7th Street Gang Member Pleads Guilty to RICO Conspiracy; Admits Role in Murder of Rival Gang Member

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BUFFALO, N.Y. ‐‐ U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Esteban Ramos‐Cruz, 27, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy (RICO) before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Armed Home Invader Pleads Guilty To Robbery Charge

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Clarence Lambert, 22, of Brooklyn, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and use and brandishing of a firearm during a crime of violence. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years in prison, a maximum of life, a fine of $500,000 or both. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Lambert will be sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Arson

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Eddie L. Vaughn, a/k/a Elbow, 35, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to arson of a commercial building and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 30 years, a fine of $500,000 or both. Vaughn also agreed to forfeit a sawed-off shotgun and rounds of ammunition seized in connection with the investigation.

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