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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York

For Immediate Release

Thursday, December 8, 2016
James P. Kennedy, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns

Buffalo Man Sentenced on Gun Charge

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today Antonio Eldridge, 28, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced to 12 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan T. Cullinane, who handled the case, stated that on March 11, 2016, the Buffalo Police Department received information that the defendant, a convicted felon, had displayed a firearm to children. During this investigation, officers located Eldridge hiding in a basement crawl space of the children’s residence. Officers further recovered a Winchester Model 69A .22 caliber rifle hidden under a mattress in the residence.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division.

New York Field Division