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Rochester felon sentenced on drug and gun charges

STAFF REPORTS

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Christopher Williams, 49, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, was sentenced to serve 65 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Katelyn Hartford, who handled the case, stated that on March 2, 2017, in the area of Sullivan Street in Rochester, the defendant possessed over 300 “dime” bags of cocaine with the intent to distribute them to others. Williams also possessed a .357 Magnum caliber revolver. The defendant was previously convicted of three felony charges and is legally prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Mark Simmons, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division.