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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, January 8, 2018
James P. Kennedy, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns

Rochester Man Arrested on Gun Charges

BUFFALO, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Joseph Cavico, Jr., 49, of Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with being a felon-in-possession of a firearm and with possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
 
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott S. Allen, Jr. and Paul C. Parisi, who are handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on December 15, 2017, law enforcement officials from the LeRoy, NY Police Department responded to a domestic dispute in LeRoy. Upon arrival, officers saw the defendant on top of a female with a pistol at his side. The pistol’s serial number had been obliterated. A third party witness stated that Cavico threatened to kill the female and her family.
 
The defendant has three prior felonies dating back to 1990 which prevent Cavico from legally possessing a firearm.
 
The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division; the LeRoy Police Department, under the direction of Christopher Hayward; and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of William A. Sheron, Jr.
 
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.
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