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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, October 3, 2022
Trini E. Ross
, United States Attorney

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Gun

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Warren L. Tisdale, 53, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to being felon in possession of a firearm, before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Kocher, who is handling the case, stated that on September 29, 2021, investigators executed a search warrant at Tisdale’s home on Central Park in Rochester. During the search, they recovered a semiautomatic rifle in a closet, as well as drug paraphernalia in the kitchen, including a vacuum sealer, digital scale, vacuum sealer bags and numerous new and unused baggies.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Smith, and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino. Additional assistance was provided by the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Sandra Doorley.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 5, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Geraci.

New York Field Division