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A Chautauqua County faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court to possession of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday. Prosecutors said 55-year-old Joseph Harvey of Forestville was found in possession of 37 videos and 51 images of child pornography. Some of the images included prepubescent children and depictions of v…

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A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to making false statements to special agents of the FBI, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 48-year-old Rhonda Henderson lied to investigators during a June 19, 2014, interview, in which she claimed the title to a 1999 Honda two-door sedan had been mailed to her address. The vehicle actually b…

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A Buffalo man pleaded guilty to heroin and weapons possession charges Wednesday in federal court, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said Jose O. Felix, 38, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug traffickin…

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A Chautauqua County man faces a maximum of 40 years behind bars following his guilty plea Thursday in U.S. District Court to receipt and possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that, between 2006 and 2009, Richard C. Miller, 51, of Forestville produced child pornography by filming himself engaged in a sexual act with a …

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A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty this week in federal court to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activity, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Milton Williams Jr., 35, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced July 24 befo…

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A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to possessing with intent to distribute cocaine and butyryl fentanyl and possession of a firearm for drug trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Marcus Adside, 30, faces a mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence and a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced June 14 by Judge Richard J.…

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A Niagara Falls man who solicited prostitution appointments for a 17-year-old girl pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor. Marcellus Overton, 43, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors s…

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A Chautauqua County man pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Daniel Villafane-Lozada, 23, of Cassadaga faces a maximum 20 years in prison when he is sentenced March 1 before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, prosecutors said. According to the U.S. …

Two Jamestown residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to retaliate against witnesses, witness retaliation and taking action harmful to a witness, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said Bobby Hunt Jr., 26, and Amy Dean, 29, each face a maximum of 20 years in prison, if convicted on the charges. According to the …

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A Jamestown man pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Douglas Wood, 38, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when sentenced Feb. 13. Prosecutors said Jamestown Police learned in March that Wood was in possession of a silver handgun while investigators …

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A man from England has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud through an operation that conned investors out of millions of dollars, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said David Cole, 47, was one of several people who participated in the scam that operated in Barcelona. Members of the conspiracy fleeced their marks by convincing them to …

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A Queens man who was part of a multi-state prostitution business that operated across the eastern United States, including in the Tonawandas, was sentenced Friday to serve six months in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. LiangLiang Guo, 32, was convicted of conspiracy to use interstate facilities to promote prostitution and transporting individuals in inte…

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A Buffalo man who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine has been sentenced to 63 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday. Between June 9 and July 27, 2017, according to prosecutors, Larry Smith, 40, sold crack cocaine to an individual w…

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Michael Pacheco, 27, of Dunkirk, was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison following his conviction on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution, of at least 500 grams cocaine, according to federal prosecutors. The U.S. Attorney's Office said that between July 2016 and May 2, 2017, Pacheco, also known as Michael Dominguez, conspired with anothe…

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A Buffalo man charged with selling heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to possession with intent to distribute 100 grams of heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Rashawn Crule, 42, faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum life sentence, prosecutors said. Between June 2013 and September 201…