A 17-year-old Kensington High School special-education student on Thursday was ordered to spend the next 18 months in custody for bringing a loaded handgun to school and for dealing in crack cocaine.
Robert L. Tate was granted youthful offender status after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of weapons possession and a felony drug charge for having 37 bags of crack cocaine during an unrelated Buffalo police raid on Sweet Street on Dec. 10.
Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico spared Tate a longer term, noting he was 16 during both incidents, but he rebuked him for "making some bad choices."
Prosecutor Glenn Pincus said Tate, who has been jailed since his Jan. 19 arrest, will serve his term at the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden. Pincus said he was unsure if Tate will have to serve the full 18 months.