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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Ingvue Buchanan, 57, Jamestown, NY, who was convicted of being a felon-in-possession of a firearm, was sentenced, by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr., to serve 36 months in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth T. Molisani, who is handling the case, stated that in June 2016, law enforcement officers interviewed the defendant regarding his knowledge of 97 firearms that had been stolen, between May and June of 2016, from three federal firearms licensees in Pennsylvania. During the interview, Buchanan consented to a search of his vehicle, which he stated he had recently purchased from an individual by the name of Ben McCormack. During the search, officers recovered of a box containing 20 rounds of .44 caliber ammunition. The defendant was on New York State parole at the time following a manslaughter conviction in January 2011, and as a result of that conviction, he was prohibited from possessing any ammunition.
The following day, Buchanan was interviewed by his parole officer and stated that he had two firearms in his residence. The parole officer located one of the firearms, a rifle, but could not locate the other, a handgun. Subsequent investigation determined that the rifle was previously reported stolen from GNR Sporting Goods, in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. The defendant also told the parole officer that he helped facilitate meetings between Ben McCormack and individuals located in the Western District of New York for the purposes of selling stolen firearms from Pennsylvania. In addition, he admitted that 15 of the stolen firearms that were intended for distribution at a future date were hidden in the garage of a person known to the defendant.
Ben McCormack was previously convicted in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and sentenced to serve 121 months in prison.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Timothy Jackson, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of John B. Devito, Special-Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Division.
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