A Buffalo man who was caught with a loaded gun in April – two years after he fled from another gun charge – has pleaded guilty to both weapons charges in Erie County Court.
Donneer Wilson, 25, of Best Street, pleaded guilty July 30 to two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III. He pleaded guilty as charged in both cases.
Police first arrested Wilson on March 29, 2012, when he tried to discard a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun as Buffalo police pulled over a vehicle he occupied, prosecutors said.
The court released him without bail. When he failed to show up for trial, a judge issued a warrant.
Buffalo police found Wilson in a drug house April 25 with another 9 mm semiautomatic handgun.
As Wilson was taken into custody, he said, “I know they have a warrant for me; it’s for that other gun they got me with. It’s a mandatory 3½ per gun, right?” according to Sedita. Wilson could face up to 30 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 9 by Judge Thomas P. Franczyk.
Assistant District Attorneys Ryan D. Haggerty, who is assigned to the Special Victims Bureau, and Paul J. Williams III, who is assigned to the Felony Trial Bureau, prosecuted Wilson.
In another gun case, Derrick Wiggins, 36, of Campbell Road, Cheektowaga, pleaded guilty as charged Aug. 5 in Erie County Court to one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Sedita said Wiggins was arrested at about 3 a.m. Jan. 11 in Buffalo when he tried to discard a loaded .45-caliber handgun as police chased him on foot.
It was the third time he was caught with a loaded gun.
Wiggins’ record dates back 20 years, and it includes two felony drug convictions that led Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to impose on him a prison sentence of four to 12 years when he was 21.
“Wiggins’ failure to learn from his past experience will likely be compounded by his future prospects, as the judge who sentenced him then is the judge who will be sentencing him now,” Sedita said in a news release. “Wiggins faces up to 15 more years in state prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 16 … by Judge DiTullio.”
Assistant District Attorney Michael P. Felicetta, chief of the Felony Trial Bureau, prosecuted Wiggins.