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Father and son plead guilty in stolen gun case; must forfeit weapons

LOCKPORT – A Wilson father and his son each pleaded guilty to felonies Monday in a stolen gun case. The plea deal in Niagara County Court required them to forfeit all the guns listed in an indictment, even those the defendants say weren’t stolen.

Kevin S. Wise Sr. 53, and Kevin S. Wise Jr., 24, both of East Lake Road, each admitted to reduced charges of attempted third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. They each face a maximum of four years in prison when they are sentenced Oct. 20 by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearns raided the Wise home in November 2012 and seized 31 guns from the father and 14 from the son. Farkas said the guns that turn out to be legal will be given to a dealer for sale, and the defendants “may keep the monetary gain” from the sales.

The men were originally charged with 40 counts each of possession of stolen property, and the younger Wise also was charged with selling a stolen gun in 2009. They were accused of stealing numerous weapons from a relative and of acquiring other stolen firearms. Before the raid, an agent had recorded a conversation with Kevin Jr., who expressed interest in buying stolen automatic rifles.