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Rochester Man Sentenced On Marijuana And Gun 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 Laverne Singletary, 49, of Rochester, NY, who was found guilty following a federal jury trial of possessing marijuana and being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced to 57 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Craig Gestring and Charles E. Moynihan, who handled the case, stated that on October 6, 2012, Singletary, a four-time convicted felon, was arrested on Roth Street in Rochester after law enforcement attempted to stop him for carrying an open beer can on a public sidewalk. Upon being approached by law enforcement officers, the defendant ran but was caught by the officers after a short foot pursuit. Singletary resisted attempts by officers to place him in handcuffs. Once handcuffed, officers stood the defendant up from the ground and found a Hungarian-made 7.65mm semi-automatic pistol. In searching Singletary, officers also located thirteen bags of marijuana.   

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 Delano A. Reid, Special Agent in Charge, the Monroe County Office of Probation and Community Corrections, under the direction of Robert J. Burns, Chief Probation Officer and the Rochester Police Department under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli.

Updated February 26, 2016