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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
William J. Hochul, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns

Irondequoit Man Pleads Guilty to Gun Charge

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Mitchell Ruoff, 22, of Irondequoit, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. The charge carries a maximum Penalty of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000.00, or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who is handling the case, stated on February 4, 2014, during a pre-arranged meeting, Ruoff sold a .22 caliber revolver to an undercover law enforcement officer for $400.00. The manufacturer’s serial number on the firearm had been ground off, a fact which Ruoff acknowledged during the sale.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid, New York Field Division.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Wolford.

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