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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York
Trini E. Ross, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Jamestown Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Randall Rolison, 60, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis Testani, who is handling the case, stated that in January 2022, the Jamestown Police Department and FBI began investigating Rolison’s purchase of firearms outside of the State of New York and subsequent sale of the firearms in the Southern Tier of New York. The investigation determined that Rolison, an over-the-road truck driver, purchased firearms and ammunition from a roadside stand in the State of Georgia between the Summer of 2021 and December 2021, and subsequently transported and sold, or attempted to sell, a total of nine firearms and ammunition in New York. Rolison sent pictures of the firearms via text message to various individuals to solicit interest in purchasing them and would subsequently straw purchase the firearms on behalf of the individuals. In June 1997, Rolison was convicted of a felony in Michigan and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Timothy Jackson, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 19, 2023, before Judge Sinatra.

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