(WNY News Now) – A 36-year-old Jamestown man was found guilty of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree after a jury trial in Chautauqua County Court. The case, prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Andrew Molitor and Erik Bentley and presided over by Judge David Foley, stems from an arrest made by the Jamestown Police Department in April 2022.
Mayville – District Attorney Jason Schmidt announced on October 23, 2023, that Joshua Hammer, a 36-year-old resident of Jamestown, has been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree, a class C violent felony. The verdict was reached following a jury trial held in Chautauqua County Court.
Mr. Hammer’s legal troubles began on April 3, 2022, when he was arrested by the Jamestown Police Department. The arrest occurred subsequent to a routine traffic stop in which officers discovered a loaded firearm in Mr. Hammer’s vehicle, leading to the charges of illegal possession of a handgun.
The prosecution of this case was carried out by Assistant District Attorneys Andrew Molitor and Erik Bentley, with Judge David Foley presiding over the trial. The successful outcome of the trial is a result of their diligent efforts in presenting the case before the jury.
In light of Mr. Hammer’s previous felony convictions, he now faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life indeterminate in state prison, pending a determination of his status as a persistent felon. The District Attorney expressed his gratitude to the Jamestown Police Department for their hard work and dedication in bringing the case to its conclusion.
The sentencing for Joshua Hammer is scheduled for December 18, 2023.