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Rochester Man Going To Prison For Transferring Shotgun And Ammunition To Convicted Felon

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 today that Donald P. Oshier, 56, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of transferring a firearm and ammunition to a convicted felon, was sentenced to serve 12 months in prison by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey, who handled the case, stated that, on October 27, 2020, Oshier gave a 12-gauge shotgun and 25 rounds of ammunition to Stephen Pattison, knowing that Pattison was previously been convicted of a felony. Pattison was convicted of Domestic Assault in the Second Degree in Boone County, Missouri, in December 2016, and was legally prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition. In addition, Oshier knew that Pattison wanted the shotgun and ammunition for the purpose of shooting Black Lives Matter (BLM) and/or Antifa protesters if they came to his neighborhood, and that Pattison had previously threatened BLM and Antifa protesters with physical harm. Pattison had previously stated, “Go ahead n*****, defund the police so . . . so I can just start (expletive) murderin’ you all in a genocidal rate by (expletive) myself. They’ll be callin’ me the angel of death. They’ll be callin’ me the new Josef Mengele.” Pattison was charged and convicted of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and sentenced to serve 96 months in prison. Pattison’s girlfriend, Rochelle Pfenninger, was convicted of making false statements to the FBI during the investigation, and sentenced to probation with six month of home confinement.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Rochester Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia.

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Updated October 7, 2022

Firearms Offenses