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

Monday, April 18, 2022

Federal Jury Convicts Twice Convicted Felon Of Possessing A Gun

CONTACT: Barbara Burns   
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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that a federal jury convicted Ernest Green, a/k/a Fire, 37, of Buffalo, NY, of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael J. Adler and Timothy C. Lynch, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that on July 26, 2020, Green was seen on video running in an easterly direction away from the Towne Gardens Housing Complex. This was shortly after a shooting incident occurred in the Housing Complex during which a vehicle crashed into a tree in the middle of the courtyard. The firearm Green possessed was found five blocks east of where the shooting occurred. In November 2004, Green was convicted of a felony in Erie County Court. In October 2010, Green was convicted of a felony in New York State Court. As a result of those convictions, he is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The verdict is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito;
the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 4, 2022, before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. who presided over the trial.

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Firearms Offenses
Updated April 18, 2022