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Two Time Convicted Federal Felon Sentenced For Possession Of A Firearm

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 James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Raul Abidel Martinez, 39, of Rochester, who was convicted of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, was sentenced to serve 54 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Katelyn M. Hartford, who handled the case, stated that on December 4, 2018, the defendant possessed firearms, including a .38 caliber revolver, a 12 gauge shotgun, and an AM-15 rifle, as well as 56 rounds of various caliber ammunition. Specifically, Martinez possessed the .38 caliber revolver in his waistband, and the 12 gauge shotgun in a backpack, while he was in the vicinity of 1215 Wall Road in Webster, NY. The defendant also possessed the AM-15 rifle and ammunition at his residence on Portland Avenue in Rochester.

Previously, in November 2007, Martinez was convicted on a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to serve 46 months in prison. Subsequently, on March 26, 2015, the defendant was convicted on a federal bank robbery charged and sentenced to serve an additional 51 months in prison plus nine months in prison on a violation of supervised released.  As a result of those federal convictions, Martinez is legally prohibited from possessing a gun.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division; the Webster Police Department, under the direction of Chief Joseph Rieger; the U.S. Probation Department, under the director of Chief Probation Officer Anthony SanGiacomo, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron Singletary. 

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Updated October 2, 2019

Firearms Offenses