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Local 17 member sentenced in racketeering case

A former member of Local 17 was sentenced to time served with other conditions Friday in connection with a racketeering conspiracy case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.

James L. Minter III, 44, of Buffalo, will serve six months of home detention with electronic monitoring as part of a two-year sentence of supervised release.

Minter, who belonged to the local union of the International Union of Operating Engineers, was involved in a conspiracy between 2002 and 2005 that “carried out a campaign of violence, vandalism and intimidation” against numerous local construction companies and contractors in order to obtain agreements to hire Local 17 members on local projects.

Minter was one of a dozen Local 17 officers and members charged in the case. Seven pleaded guilty, four were acquitted and the union’s president, Mark Kirsch, was convicted at trial, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White.

White prosecuted the case with retired Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony M. Bruce.

Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny also ordered Minter to pay $12,000 in restitution as part of his sentence.

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