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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
Friday, September 30, 2022

Ohio Gun Runner Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Thomas L. Hill, Jr. a/k/a Thomas L. Caschetta-Hill a/k/a Tec, 33, of Cleveland, Ohio, who was convicted of conspiracy to engage in the business of dealing firearms without a license and being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.

Assistant U.S. Robert A. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that between October and December 24, 2020, Hill, who has three previous felony convictions and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm, conspired with his father, convicted murderer Thomas L. Hill, Sr., and Tevon Orr a/k/a Tev, to sell firearms without a license. On multiple occasions, Hill illegally obtained firearms and rounds of ammunition in the State of Ohio, transported them to Rochester, and re-sold them in the Rochester area. Hill also provided firearms to his father and Orr, which they also re-sold to other individuals. On December 24, 2020, investigators executed a federal search warrant at a residence on Norton Street in Rochester, recovering two handguns, an assault rifle, and over 300 rounds of ammunition and resulting in the arrest of Thomas Hill, Sr. Defendant Orr was arrested one week later. Thomas L. Hill, Jr. was arrested on July 22, 2021 in Ohio, and was incarcerated on Ohio charges until his release from a state prison in June 2022, at which time he was charged in federal court.

Both Orr and Thomas Hill, Sr. were previously convicted and sentenced to serve seven years and nine years in prison respectively.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Violent Crimes Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito, New York Field Division.

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