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A Long Island man was sentenced to 48 months in prison after stalking his ex-girlfriend by mailing her drugs, shooting a window on her parents' car and sending threatening text messages to the woman, her SUNY Geneseo classmates and her housemates, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Thomas Traficante, 23, sentenced Wednesday by U.S. Court Judge David G. Larimer, was convic…

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A Jamestown man faces a maximum 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Steven Fetterman, 36, was found in possession of 1,720 videos and 13,838 photography images of child pornography on Nov. 19, 2015, prosecutors said. About 44 videos and 95 images seized …

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An Irish national pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. Court to improperly using another person's passport. Adam Doumbouya, a 30-year-old citizen of Ireland, faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison when sentenced Aug. 8 before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, Doumbouya on Nov. 19, 2017, attempted to …

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A citizen of Yemen pleaded guilty Monday to making extortionate threats to harm and kidnap a minor, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Yousef Goba, 44, faces a maximum 20 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 29 before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, between February and April 2015, Goba contacted th…

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A former Brockport School District kindergarten teacher and summer youth camp counselor was sentenced to 156 months in federal prison and 15 years of supervision upon release, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Roland Yockel II, 31, of Hilton, convicted of receipt of child pornography, was ordered by U.S. Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to pay $7,200 in restituti…

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A City of Tonawanda man who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine will be spending up to the next five years in prison. Raymond Hopson, 35, of Tonawanda, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. In 2016, Hopson made several sales of crack cocaine to an undercover officer posing as a dr…

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A Lockport man convicted of possessing child pornography was sentenced Monday to 36 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, on March 31, 2017, Sterling Jones, 24, was caught in possession of 295 videos and 11 still images of child pornography that were found on his cellphone and stored in his Dropbox …

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A Cattaraugus County man, who was once convicted of committing a criminal sexual act and more recently convicted of receiving child pornography, was sentenced Monday to 262 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, John P. Cutler, 35, of Delevan, between July and Sept. 26, 2016, searched for and downloa…

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A Buffalo man convicted of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of cocaine while maintaining a drug-involved premises, was sentenced Friday to 48 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Damone Robertson-Burts, 35, was arrested Aug. 10, 2017, following a raid by federal agents at his Ro…

A Buffalo man who between 2016 and Dec. 6, 2017, sold more than 6,000 bags of heroin in the Buffalo area pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Emmanuel Lopez, 27, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years, th…

A Dunkirk man caught with drugs in a safe pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of five kilograms or more of cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Fred Santiago, 30, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment when sentenced Sept. 20 before Chief U.S. Distr…

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A Buffalo man convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm was sentenced Friday to 60 months in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Terry Wilson, 39, was pulled over by Buffalo Police officers on June 26, 2017, after they observed him speeding on Bailey Avenue, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. …

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A City of Tonawanda man Friday pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin in U.S. Court, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Jose Ramos Escalera, 30, faces a maximum of 30 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 30 before U.S. Judge Frank P. Geraci. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul C. Parisi, between July 24, 2015, and Sept. 26, 201…

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A Buffalo woman who received cocaine through the U.S. Postal Service was sentenced Friday to 46 months in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Elisa Rivera Ortiz, 36, was convicted of attempted possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler said that on April 8, 2017, U.S. postal inspectors intercepted a …

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Four men from Buffalo and Rochester face charges of wire and bank fraud for what federal prosecutors allege was a scheme to fraudulently obtain mortgages worth $167.5 million for apartment complexes in Buffalo and other cities. A federal grand jury Tuesday returned a 62-count indictment accusing two Erie County men and two men from Monroe County of giving lenders false …