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Auburn Man Sentenced to 78 Months for Unlawful Possession of Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Steven Reynolds, age 38, of Auburn, New York, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Court Judge Glenn T. Suddaby to serve 78 months’ imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of firearms, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

In May 2018, Reynolds drove a car with a stolen Browning 16-guage shotgun and a stolen Savage .308 caliber rifle to a parking lot in the Auburn area.  While in the parking lot, Reynolds personally moved both firearms from the back of the car he was driving into the back of a Jeep occupied by two other individuals who then drove away with the firearms.  Reynolds is prohibited from possessing firearms as he has two prior New York State felony drug convictions, one in 2005, the other in 2012.

This case was investigated by U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force, consisting of law enforcement officers from the City of Auburn Police Department and the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sahar Amandolare and Michael Gadarian.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the U.S. Justice Department’s program to reduce violent crime.  The PSN approach involves collaboration by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent and deter gun violence and to arrest and prosecute offenders. 

Updated June 13, 2019

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