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Rochester Man Convicted Following A Jury Trial Of Possessing A Shotgun And Ammunition

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 a federal jury has convicted Quincey Frye, 27, of Rochester, NY, of being a felon in possession of a shotgun and ammunition. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that on March 26, 2016, members from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision apprehended Frye at 270 Weyl Street in Rochester, after he absconded from parole supervision in early February. While looking for the defendant inside the residence, officers found a shotgun with an ammunition carrying case attached. The ammunition carrier contained four live shotgun shells. Officers found Frye hiding in the attic and arrested him. Evidence presented during the trial showed that after officers took Frye to booking at the Monroe County Jail, he placed a telephone call to his girlfriend.  During that telephone call, which was recorded, the defendant accused his girlfriend of telling law enforcement officers about the shotgun and then said he wanted it returned. 

At the time, Frye was under the supervision of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision following a 2012 conviction and serving a prison sentence for Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree.

The trial verdict is the result of an investigation by New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 14, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. who presided over the trial of the case.
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Updated September 13, 2018