Honeoye man facing charges after 20 guns found in storage unit

On March 25th deputies in Ontario County arrested a 55-year-old Honeoye man after he was found to be possessing six handguns and 14 long-guns in a rented storage unit.

Investigators arrested John J. Cheer Jr., 55, of Honeoye for third-degree criminal possession of a weapon on January 5th for possessing a handgun after being convicted of an unrelated felony in 2016. Following that conviction, his pistol permit was permanently revoked.

Cheer was arrested again on January 19th for third-degree criminal possession of a weapon after a search of his residence was conducted — and they located a billy-club, as well as several high-capacity gun magazines.

The search also revealed evidence of numerous firearms being possessed by Cheer, but the location of these firearms were unknown at the time.

Further investigation led to the discovery of a storage unit in Cheer’s name, which led to a search warrant being obtained and executed on March 24th.

At that point the six handguns and 14 long-guns were found. Numerous types of ammunition and high-capacity magazines were also found during the search.

His attorney made arrangements with the Sheriff’s Office for Cheer to turn himself in at Bloomfield Town Court on March 25th. At that time, he was arraigned in Bloomfield Town Court and remanded to the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 secured bond.

Cheer posted bail shortly after being remanded to the Ontario County Jail, and later that night — he was arrested again — this time for a violation of probation warrant, which had just been signed that day.

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