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Jury convicts Buffalo man of damaging government property


BUFFALO -- A federal jury found Justin Vazquez, 30, of Buffalo, guilty of damaging government property. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that on October 20, 2016, during a status conference prior to trial on a firearm’s charge, Vazquez carved a vulgar obscenity into a wooden table in the courtroom of Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph P. Geraci.

In May of 2017, defendant was convicted of the firearm charge and sentenced to 72 months in prison.

The verdict is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Marshal’s Service, under the direction of Marshal Charles Salina.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 14.