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Repeat felon pleads guilty in Niagara Falls gun case

LOCKPORT – A Buffalo man, who has a previous felony conviction in North Carolina, pleaded guilty Monday to having an illegal handgun when Niagara Falls police searched his truck following a March 7 traffic stop.

Tamar R. Copeland, 32, of Norway Park, Buffalo, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Two guns, cocaine and marijuana were found in the vehicle.

Copeland, who faces as long as seven years in prison when he is sentenced May 23 by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., was convicted of breaking and entering in North Carolina. That charge would equal the felony of third-degree burglary in New York, Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said.