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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, May 3, 2023

Rochester Man Who Failed To Appear for Sentencing on Riot Charge Pleads Guilty

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Christopher Tindal, 29, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to failure to appear, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Kocher, who is handling the case, stated that while Tindal was awaiting sentencing on a riot charge, he was released with a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) ankle bracelet and required to comply with other conditions of release, including appearing at all court proceedings as required. On March 28, 2022, without the permission of the Court, Tindal removed his GPS ankle bracelet and failed to appear for sentencing before Judge Siragusa on April 19, 2022.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito, the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Smith, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 24, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. before Judge Siragusa.

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