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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Rochester Man Sentenced for Failing to Register as a Sex offender

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that James “Willie” Kimble, 80, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender, was sentenced to 33 months in prison and five years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was a Level III sex offender as a result of a conviction for a rape involving a 17 year old Rochester girl in 1981. Kimble was also previously convicted of attempted rape for a case involving a six year old Rochester girl.

In 2009, Kimble became the primary suspect in an unsolved, 1972 rape and murder case involving a blind Rochester woman. Shortly after being contacted by Rochester homicide detectives, the defendant disappeared. He was eventually located by the United States Marshal Service almost a year later living in Sarasota, Florida where he had failed to register as a sex offender. Kimble was returned to New York to stand trial for the murder and was acquitted by a Monroe County jury in March of 2011. He was taken into Federal custody thereafter and has remained in prison. 

The sentencing was the culmination of an investigation on the part of the United States Marshals Service under the direction of Marshal Charles Salina and the Rochester Police Department under the direction of Chief James Sheppard.

Updated November 18, 2014