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Newark Man Admits Stealing 25 Firearms From Local Gun Store

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

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Rodney Goodrich, Jr., 28, of Newark, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to theft of firearms and possession and sale of stolen firearms and ammunition. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer M. Noto, who is handling the case, stated that on January 21, 2013, the defendant was involved in the theft of 24 handguns and one rifle from D&M Shooting Sports, a commercial establishment located in Palmyra, NY. Goodrich aided and abetted Angel Hernandez-Ramos and another individual to unlawfully enter the store and steal the firearms. The defendant then sold the stolen firearms to others in exchange for cash and cocaine.

Angel Hernandez-Ramos, who was also involved in the theft of the firearms, has been convicted and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 14, 2015.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid, and investigators of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Barry Virts.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 23, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Geraci.

Updated March 24, 2015