ADVERTISEMENT

Two brothers from Cheektowaga have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of being armed career criminals in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Thursday.

According to previously filed complaints, Kevin Zimmerman, 23, and Jeffrey Zimmerman, 27, both convicted of violent felonies, were in possession of stolen firearms, which they sold to local gun shops. If convicted, they face minimum sentences of 15 years in prison.

The Zimmermans were arrested in January in connection with about three dozen burglaries in Amherst, Clarence, Cheektowaga and several other towns across Erie County. Investigators believe they committed the break-ins, mostly at businesses, to support heroin addictions.

In addition, a Delevan man has been indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Prosecutors said Jesse M. Reidy, 27, was on parole following a felony conviction and cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet. When recaptured last August, he had a firearm and more than 200 rounds of ammunition, officers said.