For Immediate Release
Florida Man Indicted on a Gun Charge
BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has handed down an indictment charging Andre L. Jenkins, 36, of Florida, with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi, who is handling the case, stated that Jenkins, aka Bear or Little Bear, was previously convicted of felony charges in 1998 and 2010 in the state of South Dakota. According to the indictment, the defendant possessed a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol between September 4 and September 6, 2014. The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation involving the firearm and a magazine containing 13 rounds of ammunition.
The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the North Tonawanda Police Department, under the direction of Chief William Hall, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge James S. Higgins, New York Field Office, and the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Michael Violante.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.