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Rochester Felon Going To Prison On Drug 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  

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced that John Moore, 37, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, was sentenced to serve 51 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Kocher, who handled the case, stated that Moore has four prior felony drug convictions in Monroe, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm. In April 2020, Rochester Police officers were called to Tremont Street for a report of a man named John in a blue minivan with a gun. Upon arrival, officers saw Moore near the driver door of the blue minivan before he quickly entered a nearby house through the front door. Officers subsequently recovered a silver revolver with an obliterated serial number under the driver seat of the blue minivan. 

The case was brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office as part of its Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative. PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Interim Chief David M. Smith, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito, New York Field Division.

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Updated November 24, 2021

Firearms Offenses