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Jamestown man sentenced for unlawfully possessing firearms, ammo


BUFFALO -- Raymond VanBuskirk, 45, of Jamestown, who was convicted of unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon, was sentenced to six months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, stated that in May 2016, the defendant moved two rifles, one shotgun, and over one thousand rounds of .223 caliber ammunition from his home to another location for safekeeping. VanBuskirk retained a third rifle at his home, which was recovered by federal agents on June 29, 2016. The defendant has a prior New York State felony conviction for sale of a controlled substance and was prohibited from legally possessing of firearms and ammunition.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in- Charge Adam S. Cohen; and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings.