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Virginia man sentenced to jail for gun possession

LOCKPORT –State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Thursday sentenced Dequan L. Tyson, 23, to one-year in Niagara County Jail on a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Tyson, who pleaded guilty on July 14 to the felony gun charge, was also ordered to reimburse the $1,484.74 it cost Niagara County to extradite him from Virginia.

The case dated to July 6, 2014, when Tyson was standing on a porch in Niagara Falls and threw a loaded semi-automatic pistol into the bushes. Tyson lives in Virginia with his mother but had been in the Niagara Falls area with his estranged father, defense attorney Robert Viola said. Tyson has some emotional issues and learning disabilities, but had been cooperative when he was arrested and had no criminal history.

If Tyson’s mother, who came from Virginia to be in court to be with her son, lived in the area, Kloch said he would more likely have considered probation.

“A loaded firearm is a very serious crime,” said Kloch.

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