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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, January 18, 2023

Rochester Man Charged With Being a Felon in Possession of Ammunition

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Raymond G. Girard, 34, of Rochester, NY, was charged by criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of ammunition, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police have had ongoing investigations into Girard stemming from a death threat he allegedly made against a Monroe County Politician in early January 2023 and for possession of stolen property and identity theft. This resulted in Girard being charged with Making a Terroristic Threat.

On the afternoon of January 14, 2023, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office took Girard into custody as he exited his Hudson Avenue residence in Rochester. New York State Police Investigators then executed a search warrant on the residence, during which they seized multiple rounds of live and spent ammunition. In June 2016, Girard was convicted in Monroe County Court of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd and is legally prohibited from possessing ammunition.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Brian Ratajczak, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito, New York Field Division.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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