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Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Gun And Drug Charges

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 William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Willie R. Wynn, 49, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm while being a previously convicted felon. The drug charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000 or both. The firearms charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000.00, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan who is handling the case, stated that on September 24, 2014, Rochester Police officers were investigating a stolen bicycle report which had occurred in the area of Franklin Street and Pleasant Street in Rochester.  During the investigation, officers encountered Wynn near the Eastman School of Music at the intersection of East Main Street and Gibbs Street. The defendant matched the description given to the police of the person who took the bicycle so officers attempted to stop and speak with him.  Wynn rode away from officers on his bicycle, forcing them to chase him.  As officers caught the defendant and were taking him into custody, he fell to the ground.  The officers saw a silver Cobra Enterprises CA-380, semi-automatic pistol on the ground next to Wynn’s waist. The handgun was loaded with six rounds of ammunition.  Officers searched the defendant and found 20 individual bags of heroin in the pocket of his pants.  Wynn was previously been convicted of Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree in 1991 and Manslaughter in the Second Degree in 1995.  

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid, New York Field Division, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. before Judge Wolford.

Updated March 10, 2015