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Three Buffalo men take guilty pleas in gun cases

Three Buffalo men have pleaded guilty as charged to toting unlicensed and fully loaded handguns around the city’s East Side over the last year.

Damon Hunter, Dijon Dunovant and Trevaughn Green all pleaded guilty in separate cases to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, the highest charge they faced. None was offered a plea deal.

Hunter, 24, of Briscoe Avenue, was arrested on Oct. 12, 2013, in the 1400 block of East Delavan Avenue after he fired at someone and police were called. Hunter tried to hide his unlicensed and still-loaded .32 caliber revolver in his Mercedes-Benz but Buffalo Police Officer Melanie Neureuther found the pistol and DNA evidence confirmed Hunter owned and had just fired the weapon, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said.

Dunovant, 23, of Thornton Street, was arrested Jan. 8 at East Amherst Street and Bailey Avenue after police were called about a woman being threatened by at least one armed man, Sedita said. Officer Kevin Kindzierski found the fully loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol Dunovant was trying to hide in his jacket.

Green, 17, of Florida Street, a member of Buffalo’s so-called BFL Gang, was arrested July 19 after an investigation headed by Buffalo Police Detective Sgt. Gary Teague. An unlicensed and still-loaded handgun police picked up during an unrelated investigation was traced to Green.

Sedita said he will have his trial prosecutors ask judges handling the cases to impose the maximum-allowable 15-year prison terms on each of the defendants.

Hunter faces sentencing by Dec. 22 by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case; Green will be sentenced Jan. 2 by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang; and Dunovant will be sentenced Jan. 6 by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns.

Sedita said the pleas were due to the work of Michael P. Felicetta, chief of his Felony Trial Bureau, and prosecutors Danielle Soluri and Sara N. Ogden.