Buffalo Man Convicted at Trial of a Gun Charge
BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jason Gladden, 26, of Buffalo, N.Y., was convicted of unlawfully possessing a firearm following a jury trial before U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael L. McCabe and John M. Alsup, who handled the prosecution of the case, during the trial the government presented testimony that on October 6, 2010, a Buffalo Police Department Detective along with New York State Parole officers and United States Marshals located the defendant at 102 Freund Avenue in Buffalo. Gladden was on state parole at the time, and had absconded to this address. In the house, officers located a 12 gauge shotgun which the defendant claimed he possessed for home protection. Gladden was prohibited under federal law from possessing the firearm due to his prior felony conviction.
The conviction is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the New York State Parole Division, under the direction of Commissioner Brian Fischer, United States Marshal Service Violent Felon Fugitive Task Force, under the direction of Marshal Charles Salina, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Resident Agent in Charge Frank Christiano.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 8, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge McAvoy.