U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced that Jacob R. Loyd, 21, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted of carjacking and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, was sentenced to serve 123 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.
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Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cassie Kocher and Matthew McGrath, who handled the case, stated that at approximately 6:30 p.m. on June 16, 2019, two victims (Victim A and Victim B) were sitting in a vehicle in the area of 115 Gothic Street in Rochester when Loyd and two others approached the vehicle. Loyd pointed a firearm at Victim A’s head and said, “don’t do anything stupid, don’t look up or I’ll blow your head off,” and he ordered the victims to get out of the car. As Victim A exited the car, Loyd struck him in the head with the firearm. Loyd and the two others then drove away in the vehicle. Police officers recovered the vehicle at approximately 8:25 p.m. near 146 Alphonse Street in Rochester. The radio and hubcaps had been removed from the vehicle. Loyd was taken into custody a short time later with 15 bags of cocaine and a revolver in his possession.
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 sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Interim Chief David M. Smith, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito, New York Field Division.