Rolison sentencing in county court delayed
MAYVILLE — Sentencing has been delayed for a Jamestown man who has pleaded guilty in two separate fatal crashes in Chautauqua County.
Randall Rolison, 60, pleaded guilty in June to second-degree manslaughter in the Dec. 31, 2021 death of Alexis Hughan, and to aggravated vehicular homicide for the Dec. 3, 2022, death of Linda Kraemer.
Hughan was 15 years old and a 10th-grader at Jamestown High School when she died. Kraemer was 71.
Rolison is facing 5-15 years in prison for the death of Hughan and 8 1/3 to 25 years for the death of Kraemer. Sentencing is expected to be consecutive for the two separate cases, meaning he could get up to 40 years behind bars.
Rolison has also pleaded guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. That plea carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Rolison was due in Chautauqua Court on Monday for sentencing, however, the defense requested that it be delayed until after the federal sentencing.
According to Madeline Contiguglia, executive assistant to District Attorney Jason Schmidt, the prosecution opposed the adjournment, however, the judge ruled in favor of the defense.
Sentencing for the federal case is set for Dec. 19.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis Testani, who is handling the firearms case, stated that in January 2022, the Jamestown Police Department and FBI began investigating Rolison’s purchase of firearms outside of the state of New York and subsequent sale of the firearms in the Southern Tier of New York. The investigation determined that Rolison, an over-the-road truck driver, purchased firearms and ammunition from a roadside stand in the state of Georgia between the summer 2021 and December 2021, and subsequently transported and sold, or attempted to sell, a total of nine firearms and ammunition in New York.
Rolison sent pictures of the firearms via text message to various individuals to solicit interest in purchasing them and would subsequently straw purchase the firearms on behalf of the individuals. In June 1997, Rolison was convicted of a felony in Michigan and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Hughan was killed after she was struck by a semi operated by Rolison while walking across Sixth Street in Jamestown.
It was on Dec. 3, 2022, nearly a year after Hughan’s death, that Rolison was driving a 2020 Chevrolet Trail Blazer when he allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign at Route 83 and Center Road in Arkwright. The vehicle collided with a 2018 Ford F-150 resulting in the death of Kraemer, who was a 71-year-old passenger in the pickup truck. He also caused serious injuries to her 71-year-old husband who was driving.
Rolison had been out on bail following his arrest in Hughan’s fatality when the Arkwright crash occurred. He was hospitalized and after recovering, had his bail revoked and returned to the county jail, where he remains.
After being arrested for the Jamestown accident, police began investigating various aspects of Rolison’s life. They allegedly discovered Rolison had three illegal handguns in storage, so he was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
As part of the plea in county court, Schmidt agreed drop the weapons charge if he pleaded guilty in the two deaths.