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Niagara Falls Man Sentenced On Gun Charge

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. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that James Smith, 27, of Niagara Falls, NY, who was convicted of being a felon-in-possession of a firearm, was sentenced to 37 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who handled the case, stated that on February 25, 2016, New York State Parole Officers and others conducted a search at Smith’s residence on Orleans Avenue in Niagara Falls. The defendant was under the supervision of New York State Parole following a July 2010 federal conviction and an August 2014 Niagara County Conviction.

As officers entered, Smith attempted to go into the basement. The defendant was stopped and the basement was searched. Officers recovered a Colt, .32 caliber, semi-automatic handgun with a magazine loaded with two rounds of ammunition. As a result of his previous convictions, Smith is prohibited from legally possessing a firearm.     

The sentencing 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 Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Chief Bryan DalPorto; and New York State Parole, under the direction of Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci.

Updated December 15, 2017