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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Multiple Charges Lodged Against Terrell Wright For Pointing A Gun At Gang Investigators

RICHARD S. HARTUNIAN, United States Attorney, Northern District of New York, announces that a three-count Indictment was returned today in United States District Court charging TERRELL WRIGHT, age 28, of Syracuse, with: (1) assaulting two detectives from the Syracuse Gang Violence Task Force (“GVTF”) (Count One); (2) use and carry of a handgun during the assault (Count Two); and (3) being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun (Count Three).1

The charges arose from an incident on December 18, 2012 in which WRIGHT pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at two Syracuse Police detectives from the GVTF. WRIGHT then fled the scene and was apprehended minutes later. The gun used in the assault - a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun - was recovered.

If convicted of these crimes WRIGHT faces the following penalties:

Count One: Up to 20 years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, and up to a $250,000 fine;

Count Two: At least seven years imprisonment that must run consecutive to any sentence on Counts One and Three, followed by three years of supervised release, and up to a $250,000 fine;

Count Three: Up to 10 years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, and up to a $250,000 fine;

Further questions or inquiries may be directed to Assistant U.S. Attorney John M. Katko, who is prosecuting the case, at (315) 448-0672.

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1The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated January 29, 2015