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Niagara County ex-con indicted for weapons possession

A 40-year-old Niagara Falls man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Buffalo for allegedly having a 9 mm pistol and several rounds of ammunition when state parole officers staged an unannounced visit to his Fourth Street home on April 10.

Ralik Hamilton faces a prison term of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted as charged, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

Hamilton was indicted on a single charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten said that, as a previously convicted felon, he cannot legally possess a firearm. He was remanded after being arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. and faces a detention hearing within the week.