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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rochester Man Sentenced on Gun Trafficking Charges


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Paul Davis, 49, of Rochester, who was convicted of conspiracy to unlawfully deal firearms without a federal firearms license, selling firearms to a convicted felon, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced to 72 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The defendant was also ordered to forfeit 10 firearms and over 500 rounds of ammunition.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that between August 2012 and February 6, 2013, Davis and Liddon Young conspired to unlawfully traffic firearms from the Atlanta, Georgia area to Rochester. Young supplied multiple firearms and rounds of ammunition from the Atlanta area to Davis, who then transported them and illegally resold them on the black market in Rochester.

Davis was arrested in Rochester on February 6, 2013 after selling a Georgia pistol to a confidential informant. Federal search warrants executed at Davis’s residence and business netted 10 firearms and several hundred rounds of ammunition. Young was arrested in Rochester on February 8, 2013 in possession of a loaded .380 caliber pistol.  Federal search warrants executed at Young’s residences in Stone Mountain, Georgia resulted in the seizure of an additional firearm, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a gun ledger, and other firearms trafficking paraphernalia.

On June 25, 2014, Judge Geraci, Jr. sentenced Young to 15 years in prison for his role.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of on the part of Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge James S. Higgins and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli.


Updated November 19, 2014