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Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Illegal Firearm Possession

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.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jeuane Harvey, 30, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm and ammunition, before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who is handling the case, stated that on September 9, 2016, Rochester Police Department officers were on patrol in the area of the David F. Gantt Community Center located on North Street in Rochester. Officers saw that the defendant, who was standing with two other people, was holding a rifle with a curved magazine, which appeared to be high capacity. Harvey ran as officers attempted to confront him. After briefly losing sight of the defendant, officers found him and took Harvey into custody. The defendant did not have the rifle in his possession; however, officers searched the surrounding area and found the rifle laying on the ground near the playground. An ammunition magazine with a 30 round capacity, loaded with 17 rounds, was attached to the rifle. In 2008, Harvey was convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, both felony level offenses.  As a result of those convictions, Harvey is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.  

The plea is the result of an investigation by 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 November 28, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. before Judge Larimer.

Updated September 15, 2017