A manager at a Buffalo fast-food restaurant who brought an unlicensed loaded handgun to work and accidentally shot himself in the leg was convicted Monday of second-degree weapon possession.
Akeem Wallace, 23, of Lasalle Avenue, faces up to 15 years in prison after State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns found him guilty following a bench trial, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
Wallace was ordered held without bail. He will be sentenced April 30. Prosecutors said Wallace was socializing June 9 in the dining area at the McDonald’s restaurant on Grider Street near East Delavan Avenue when his gun discharged, sending customers fleeing and wounding him in the leg.
Wallace testified he brought the gun to work because of recent robberies at the restaurant, but restaurant employees contradicted that claim, according to prosecutors.
Earlier, prosecutors said, Wallace had told police that he was carrying the gun because he had been shot at a bus stop.