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Indictment Charges Mayor Warren, Granison with Criminal Possession of a Firearm

Staff report

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren took part in a news conference about the child tax credit on July 16, 2021, hours before an indictment announced on a firearm charge related to search of her residence in May.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Timothy Granison were indicted by a Monroe County grand jury on charges related to weapons found where they lived after a search warrant was issued in May.

The indictment, unsealed July 16, charged Warren and Granison with criminal possession of a firearm, a Class E felony, along with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor and two counts of failure to lock/secure firearms in a dwelling, a misdemeanor in violation of city code.

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley announced the indictment July 16.

On May 19, the state police executed a search warrant as part of a larger investigation in coordination with the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (GRANET). That warrant was the conclusion of a monthslong drug enforcement and interdiction investigation, culminating in the arrest of several individuals including Granison.

Upon Granison’s arrest, a search was conducted of 93 Woodman Park, where he resides with Warren. During the search, a rifle and pistol were found in the home, where Warren and Granison’s 10-year-old child was left alone.

Warren and Granison are to be scheduled for arraignment before Cayuga County Judge Thomas G. Leone in Monroe County.

In her comments after the May search, Warren said she and Granison were estranged.

Update:

Attorney Joe Damelio and his client Mayor Lovely Warren, and attorney John DeMarco and his client Timothy Granison at the arraignment July 21 for Warren and Granison before Judge Thomas G. Leone. Photo by Jamie Germano, Democrat and Chronicle pool photographer.

Warren and Granison appeared in court, July 21 at their arraignment in front of Judge Leone. Both Warren and Granison entered pleas of not guilty to charges that included criminal possession of a firearm, which is a Class E felony, as well as misdemeanor counts to endangering the welfare of a child and failure to lock or secure firearms in the home.

Warren and Granison, estranged, sat with their attorneys separately, they were released after court on their own recognizance.

Warren’s attorney, John DeMarco said even with these charges, he still believes that she is fully capable of running the city of Rochester, which he says “is a monumental task. He said after coming to know Warren over the last year and a half, he’s confident that she can. “She is that strong of a person,” he said.

“And I can tell you that my client’s not a drug dealer, she’s not a criminal the evidence and the facts of this case will come out at the trials of both of these matters.”

Assistant District Attorney Michael Bezer said this was the preliminary stage and nothing unexpected happened during Warren and Granison’s arraignment.

The next court date was not scheduled at arraignment.