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Two teens plead guilty to weapons possession

Two Buffalo teens have pleaded guilty to criminal weapons possession in connection with a January traffic stop during which Buffalo police found a sawed-off shotgun, a revolver and two pistols – all of which were loaded.

Pleading guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon were Christopher N. McCleary, 17, of 1503 E. Delavan Ave. and Girard Jackson, 18, of 281 Berkshire St.

The charge is the highest for which the defendants could have been convicted if they had gone to trial.

A third defendant in the case, Christopher D. McCleary, 45, who is the uncle of the younger McCleary, posted bail following the arrest and fled. A warrant has been issued.

The three were traveling together when their vehicle was stopped by police on Jan. 23.

Assistant district attorneys John P. Feroleto and Paul C. Parisi prosecuted the case.

The younger McCleary and Jackson will face a maximum prison sentence of 15 years when they are sentenced July 24.