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Buffalo Man Arrested, Charged With Being A Felon In Possession Of Firearms

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

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that David Hunter, 21, of Buffalo, NY, was charged by criminal complaint with two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, between March 3, 2017, and March 12, 2017, the defendant posted images to “Snap Chat” depicting himself in possession of a Hi-Point, model JH-45 semi-automatic firearm.

On April 1, 2017, New York State Parole Officers, assisted by members of the Buffalo Police Department, searched Hunter’s residence, recovered a Hi-Point, model CF380, .380 caliber semi-automatic firearm, and arrested the defendant.

The defendant was previously convicted in state court of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in February 2014 and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan benedict, New York Field Division; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda; New York State Parole, under the direction of Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci; and the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of John Flynn.

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.

Updated September 29, 2017