ROCHESTER — Christopher D. Rivers of Albion has committed some bizarre crimes in the past three years.
In 2016 he was charged with kidnapping a couple and forcing them, at gunpoint, to withdraw money from an ATM. Those charges were later dismissed when the victims refused to cooperate with prosecutors.
At the time he was being investigated for that, Rivers posted a photograph on Facebook showing him holding a sawed-off shotgun.
Police saw it and Rivers was arrested and later convicted of felony possession of a weapon.
He served a year in local jail.
On Jan. 25, Rivers was living in an apartment in Greece, Monroe County, when he began firing a shotgun out of his window.
The neighborhood was placed on lockdown as more than 60 police officers arrived and surrounded the apartment building. Rivers fired eight shots. A woman and child were inside the apartment at the time.
He was taken into custody with no injuries reported.
Thursday in U.S. District Court, Rivers pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case was brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office as part of its Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative. PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Greece Police Department, under the direction of Chief Patrick D. Phelan, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 30, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. before Judge David G. Larimer.