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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York
For Immediate Release
Trini E. Ross, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns
Thursday, November 9, 2023

Rochester Brothers Sentenced in Separate Cases Stemming From the Murder of Rochester Police Department Investigator

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that James Fulton, 41, and his brother, Preston Fulton, 39, both of Rochester, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer in separate cases stemming from the investigation into the murder of Rochester Police Department Investigator Anthony Mazurkewicz and the assault of Investigator Sino Seng. James Fulton, who was convicted of the Attempted Hobbs Act robbery of an alleged local drug dealer, was sentenced to serve 105 months in prison. Preston Fulton, a prior felon, was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas E. Gregory, who handled the cases, stated that Investigators Anthony Mazurkewicz and Sino Seng were shot in the line of duty on July 21, 2022. Mazurkewicz died as a result of his injuries. In the aftermath of the shootings, an investigation began into several associates of Kelvin Vickers, the man recently convicted of killing Investigator Mazurkewicz and injuring Investigator Seng.

On September 20, 2022, investigators conducted a vehicle stop of James Fulton as he drove away from a Gothic Street residence. During a search of the vehicle, they recovered two firearms and ammunition, as well as items commonly utilized in a robbery, including a roll of duct tape, new/unused zip ties, a pry bar, zip ties fashioned into flex cuff style leg and hand restraints, and a black ski mask. At the time of his plea, James Fulton admitted that he intended to rob an alleged drug dealer.

On October 1, 2022, Preston Fulton was given a firearm to hide for co-defendant Brandon Washington. After receiving the firearm, Fulton was followed by investigators to a Ferncliffe Drive residence, where he was observed carrying firearm into the residence. A search warrant was executed the following day at the residence and investigators recovered a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, along with numerous rounds of additional ammunition. Charges remain pending against co-defendant Brandon Washington.    

The sentencings are the result of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Smith, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division.


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