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Two local assistant U.S. attorneys honored

Two assistant U.S. attorneys were recently honored by the Department of Justice for 35 years of service.

Frank H. Sherman began working for the Department of Justice as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1977. He later worked for the Southern District of New York and the Southern District of Florida before joining the Western District of New York in 1994. In his first three offices, Sherman prosecuted public corruption, racketeering and numerous other cases.

During his time in Western New York, Sherman prosecuted numerous important cases, including U.S. v. Michael Stevens, et al. It involved the prosecution of two people for making and delivering six-pack package bombs in December of 1993 that killed five people and seriously injured two others. Stevens was convicted and sentenced to four consecutive life sentences plus 30 years.

Also recognized was Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who was honored by the Drug Enforcement Administration for his outstanding contributions in drug law enforcement. Marangola was specifically recognized for his involvement in a recent cocaine trafficking case which targeted an organization responsible for bringing cocaine from New York City to the Rochester area. The investigation resulted in the arrest of 14 people, the seizure of more than $88,000 in U.S. currency, 94 grams of crack cocaine, 1.8 kilogram powder cocaine and one firearm.

Marangola joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2005 and serves in the Narcotics/Violent Crime Division, responsible for prosecuting large scale violent drug trafficking organizations. Marangola previously for the state Appellate Division, Fourth Department and as a special assistant district attorney for the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.

“Thanks to thorough reporting by our local media, the public already knows much about the fine work being done day in and day out by the women and men of the United States Attorney’s Office,” said U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. “This exceptional work extends not only to the successful handling of hundreds of federal criminal cases, but to extensive civil, appellate and forfeiture matters as well.”