New York Field Division

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supervised release on a prior federal conviction for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes was revoked and Watkins was sentenced to an additional 12 months in prison, for a total of 96 months.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.

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Edward Mighty, 38, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 25 years in prison, a maximum of life, a fine of $20,250,000 or both.

Rochester Man Pleads To Drug Conspiracy Involving 1998 Murder

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Angelo Cruz, of Rochester, N.Y., 39, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine before U.S. District judge Frank P. Geraci. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years and a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.

“This case – like so many before it – demonstrates the success of using federal tools to combat violent gang activity,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “We will continue to be engaged in such investigations when appropriate situations arise.”

Schuele Boys Gang Associate Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Tywone Smothers, 36, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, stated that between June 2013 and July 2014, Smothers conspired with Damario James and others to distribute marijuana in the City of Buffalo.

Rochester Man Charged with Firebombing Store

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BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Taj Williams, 30, of Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with causing or attempting to cause malicious damage or destruction, by means of fire or explosives, of a building used in interstate commerce. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.  

 

Buffalo Man Found Guilty of Murdering Girlfriend and Setting Fires for Insurance Benefits

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal jury has returned a guilty verdict on all ten counts against Ronald Epps, 47, of Amherst, N.Y., The charges included wire fraud, mail fraud, arson, possession of Molotov Cocktails, maintaining a premises for drug trafficking, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 35 years in prison, a maximum of life, a $1,500,000 fine or both.

Buffalo Man Found Guilty of Murdering Girlfriend and Setting Fires for Insurance Benefits

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal jury has returned a guilty verdict on all ten counts against Ronald Epps, 47, of Amherst, N.Y., The charges included wire fraud, mail fraud, arson, possession of Molotov Cocktails, maintaining a premises for drug trafficking, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 35 years in prison, a maximum of life, a $1,500,000 fine or both.

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