White Plains, NY, September 21, 2010 — Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Gustavo Rivera (DOB 2/13/78) and his brother, Anthony Rivera (DOB 7/28/88), both of 185 Valentine Lane, Yonkers, New York, were sentenced today on charges relating to the sale of weapons.
Between January 16 and March 3, 2010, the defendants, acting in concert, sold three loaded handguns to an undercover Yonkers Police Officer on two separate occasions.
In addition, Anthony Rivera sold a shotgun and an assault rifle to the undercover officer.
Anthony Rivera (right)was arrested on April 21, 2010 by the Yonkers Police Department in possession of a semi-automatic handgun.
Gustavo Rivera (left) was picked up by Yonkers Police on an arrest warrant on June 24, 2010.
The investigation involved the Yonkers Police Department, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, the United States Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York, and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.
• four counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class “C” Violent Felonies,• one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, a class “E” Felony.
Gustavo Rivera was sentenced as a second violent felony offender to 10 years in state prison on his guilty plea to:
• three counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class “C” Violent Felonies.
“Dealing, selling or even possessing an illegal loaded handgun in Westchester County is an extremely serious offense, as evidenced in this case by both defendants being sentenced to ten years in state prison, ” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore following the sentencing.
“Gun violence affects everyone in our community and becomes self-fulfilling. The more threatened someone feels leads them to arm themselves for protection, increasing the chances for more violence. Sentences like these send a clear message that society is intent on breaking the cycle.”
Assistant District Attorney Thomas Luzio and Assistant District Attorney Patrick Moore of the Investigations Division prosecuted the case.