Town of Tonawanda Man Charged for Possession of Illegal Assault Weapon and Firearm Silencer

Modified: February 12, 2021 4:13pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 60-year-old Fredrick Oehler of Town of Tonawanda was arraigned yesterday before Buffalo City Court Barbara Johnson-Lee on two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, Class “D” felonies.

It is alleged that on February 11, 2021, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home on Ellicott Creek Road after receiving a tip from U.S. Customs and Border Protection that the defendant had allegedly purchased an illegal firearm silencer from China. Investigators allegedly recovered a silencer and an assault weapon.

Oehler is scheduled to return on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. Judge Johnson-Lee set bail at $100,000.

If convicted of all charges, Oehler faces a maximum of 7 years in prison. 

DA Flynn commends the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for their work in the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John P. Gerken, Jr. of the DA’s Tactical Prosecution Unit.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.