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4-Mar-2016

TrueAllele resolves five person DNA mixture on a handgun used in Syracuse shooting

Syracuse, NY

A 21 year old Syracuse man was accused of firing into the night while being chased by city police. After evading a traffic stop in August, 2014, Frank Thomas Jr. allegedly fled the scene and shot a gun as police pursued him on foot. The fired handgun had a mixture of DNA from five people. Cybergenetics TrueAllele® analyzed the DNA mixture data, finding a match statistic of around a trillion connecting the gun to Thomas.

Cybergenetics Dr. Mark Perlin testified in Syracuse court on March 2, 2016 about the TrueAllele handgun DNA results. Assistant District Attorneys Cindi Newtown and Jane Raven prosecuted the case, with Ira Pesserilo representing Thomas, and state Supreme Court Justice John Brunetti presiding. On March 4, Thomas was convicted of criminal weapon possession and menacing a police officer. He faces up to 15 years in prison.


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