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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Elmira man indicted on gun charge

          ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury in Rochester has returned a single-count indictment charging Marques Cayne, 30, of Elmira, N.Y., with being an armed career criminal in possession of firearms and ammunition. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a maximum of life, a fine of $250,000.00, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, the defendant possessed two loaded semi-automatic handguns on January 4, 2013. Members of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision went to the defendant’s residence in Elmira to conduct a compliance check on the defendant, who was on parole supervision at the time. While there, officers, assisted by members of the Elmira Police Department, discovered the two handguns in the defendant’s bedroom. 

The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Resident Agent in Charge, Rochester Field Office, Scott Heagney, and Resident Agent in Charge, Buffalo Field Office, Francis J. Christiano, members of the Elmira Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Robertson, and members of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

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.