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

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 Quincey Frye, 27, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted following a jury trial of being a felon in possession of a shotgun and ammunition, was sentenced to 40 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

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 prosecution was brought by the United States 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.   

Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, under the direction of Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci; the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Mark Simmons; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division.

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Updated December 14, 2018

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