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Rochester Gun Trafficker Pleads Guilty

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 James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Warren L. Vick, Jr., 32, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to dealing firearms without a license. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that between June 2018 and August 29, 2018, Vick sold as many as 25 firearms to individuals in the City of Rochester that he illegally obtained in Ohio. At least one of the firearms included a semi-automatic firearm capable of accepting a large capacity magazine which could be loaded with more than 15 rounds of ammunition.

On August 29, 2018, law enforcement officers attempted to stop Vick as he drove a 2016 Dodge Challenger. The defendant drove off, crashed the Challenger, and escaped on foot. Inside the vehicle, officers recovered a .40 caliber handgun and over 40 rounds of ammunition. Vick was arrested on August 31, 2018.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of and Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division, the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Mark Simmons, and the United States Marshal Service, under the direction of United States Marshal Charles Salina.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 13, 2019, at 9:15 a.m. before Judge Siragusa. 



Updated March 13, 2019

Firearms Offenses