Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

March 14, 2013 Updated Mar 14, 2013 at 3:33 PM EDT

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Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

March 14, 2013 Updated Mar 14, 2013 at 3:33 PM EDT

(WKBW release) U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul. Jr. announced Thursday that Marcus Tunstall, 38,  formerly of St. Louis, Illinois, pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

 According to a news release:

The charge carries a  maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant left the State of Illinois in August 2012 to come to the Western District of New York and knowingly failed to register as a sex offender. In addition, Tunstall failed to update his registration status with Illinois authorities to advise them that he had left that state.