A man accused of making online threats against Buffalo Police officers pleaded guilty to a weapons charge Wednesday in State Supreme Court.
Arthur Jordan, 22, was carrying a loaded semi-automatic pistol when officers from the Buffalo Police Department’s Strike Force Unit spotted him at a cellphone store on Main Street shortly after 6 p.m. on July 14. The arrest came a week after five Dallas police officers were killed by a sniper, allegedly in response to the deaths of two black men at the hands of police elsewhere earlier in the week.
Jordan pleaded guilty to one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, which comes with a minimum possible prison sentence of 3½ to 15 years. Justice Penny M. Wolfgang kept all sentencing options open in accepting the plea.
Acting Assistant District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. said after Jordan’s court appearance that his office will ask for the maximum sentence.
Jordan also faces federal charges of interstate communication of threat to injure for reportedly writing on his Facebook page, “Let’s start killin’ police. Let’s see how dey like it.”
Flaherty said that, while his office takes all weapons cases seriously, the federal charge against Jordan intensified interest in prosecuting him. He called the evidence against Jordan “overwhelming.”
“Two officers were present who found the gun, which was loaded and operable,” Flaherty said. “It’s a very simple crime to prove when he actually had it on his person. They got to him before he was able to discard it.”
Wolfgang revoked the $500,000 bail that was set for Jordan in City Court and ordered him held until sentencing Oct. 27.
“Anyone who threatens the lives of the brave officers who protect us and put their lives on the line every day is going to pay the stiffest price,” Flaherty said.