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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Richard S. Hartunian
, United States Attorney
Contact: John Duncan

Whitesboro Man Admits to Illegal Firearm Possession

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Kaylon Pruitt, 23, of Whitesboro, New York pled guilty in federal court in Syracuse today to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Pruitt admitted that he possessed a loaded 12 gauge Mossberg Shotgun on October 15, 2013 when a New York State Parole officer visiting another person approached the front door of the defendant’s residence in Whitesboro, New York. The defendant answered the door while holding the shotgun. Pruitt was previously convicted of Burglary In the Second Degree, in Orangeburg County, South Carolina in 2010. He faces up to ten (10) years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.00 when sentence is imposed on May 21, 2014 in Syracuse, according to United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.

The case was investigated by The New York State Division of Parole, The Village of Whitesboro Police Department and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Syracuse, New York Office). The defendant was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard R. Southwick with assistance from the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office.

For further information, contact AUSA Richard R. Southwick at (315) 448-0672.

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Field Division: New York Field Division