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April 19, 2014

Man sentenced for weapon violation

Tonawanda News — A Kenmore man who was convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon was sentenced to four years in prison, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Friday.

The crime occurred on Dec. 16, 2011, when Buffalo police responded to a call on Emerson Street. When the officers approached the area, Marlon Johnson Jr., 25, ran from the area, and police chased him on foot.

Johnson was later arrested in a residence on Glenwood Avenue. Officers searched a garbage tote next to the door of the home and found a loaded semi-automatic pistol with a defaced serial number.

The defendant later admitted that he stole the gun from another individual.

Authorities believe Johnson is a criminal associate of the Bailey Boys Gang operating in Buffalo. A total of 10 alleged members and associates of the gang have been indicted on racketeering charges, including multiple killings, robberies and narcotics trafficking, a statement from Hochul’s office reads. 

Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny’s sentencing was the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force. 

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