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Weapon conviction tossed over lack of evidence

Fourth Department disagrees with bench verdict

An appellate court has tossed the weapon conviction of a Rochester man because of a lack of evidence. Vergil Willingham, 41, was convicted in October 2014 after a bench trial of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon by Monroe County Court Judge James J. Piampiano. Willingham was sentenced to up to eight years in state prison. In a ...

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