SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Stephon Williams, age 38, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced yesterday to serve 41 months in federal prison for possessing ammunition as a previously convicted felon. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman, Matthew Scarpino, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Buffalo Field Office, and Timothy Walker, Port Director-Alexandria Bay Port of Entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
As part of his previous guilty plea in this case, Williams admitted that on September 24, 2021, a vehicle he was driving was stopped and searched by agents of United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) near Alexandria Bay, New York. During the search, Williams was found in possession of a Glock-style, 9mm semi-automatic pistol, with no serial number, also known as a “ghost gun.” At the time the pistol was located by CBP agents, the pistol contained a 30-round high-capacity magazine with 25 rounds of ammunition. Williams was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition due to a previous conviction for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a Class C felony in the State of New York.
United States District Judge David N. Hurd also imposed a 3-year term of supervised release, which will start after Williams is released from prison.
The case was investigated by the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrian LaRochelle.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.