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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lackawanna Man Sentenced For Obstructing Justice

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Thomas Herring, 39, of Lackawanna, NY, who was convicted of obstruction of justice, was sentenced to two years in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who handled the case, stated that on January 14, 2014, law enforcement officers provided the defendant with more than $1,000 in United States currency to purchase crack cocaine from a target the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating for more than six months.     

Herring was told where to go to purchase the cocaine and after exiting the location, he met up with FBI agents. The defendant then turned over a quantity of cocaine to the agents. However, based on other law enforcement techniques, agents knew that Herring had not purchased the cocaine from the target causing the FBI to prematurely terminate its investigation of the target.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lackawanna Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Michel.

Updated April 2, 2015