Ohio man sentenced to state prison

Posted 5/20/22

District Attorney Meagan Galligan announced that Kenzell Griffin, 24, of Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced today for his illegal possession of a handgun in Sullivan County. 

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Ohio man sentenced to state prison

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SULLIVAN, NY — District Attorney Meagan Galligan announced that Kenzell Griffin, 24, of Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced today for his illegal possession of a handgun in Sullivan County. 

On October 30, 2020, members of the New York State Police responded to a crashed vehicle operated by Griffin near Exit 113 on State Route 17 in the town of Mamakating. 

Troopers determined that Griffin, who has previous felony convictions in Ohio, possessed a nine-millimeter pistol loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition in a black drawstring bag in the vehicle. Subsequent forensic testing established that Griffin’s DNA was located on both the trigger and slide of the weapon. 

Following his indictment and subsequent pre-trial hearings, with the case poised for trial, Griffin pled guilty to felony Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree on March 7. He was sentenced today before County Court Judge Jim Farrell to seven and a half years in prison, plus five years of post-release supervision.

DA Galligan said, “The sentence imposed today reflects the gravity of this defendant’s conduct and should serve as a deterrent to those who might consider illegally possessing handguns in Sullivan County. Our law enforcement community is committed to working together to keep our communities safe, and this case underscores the seriousness with which we will continue to handle investigations like this.” 

Galligan thanked the New York State Police, including the Troopers and Investigators of the Wurtsboro barracks as well as the Forensic Identification Center for their dedication to this case. She praised the work of Assistant District Attorney Steven Goldberg, who prosecuted the case.

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