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South Buffalo man faces prison for selling friend’s pistol

A 40-year-old South Buffalo man with a history of federal and state prison terms on drug and theft charges faces another long prison stay for stealing a former friend’s pistol during what Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III described as “a marathon of merry-making” last Christmas night that leaves him now facing a likely 15-year prison term.

Stephen A. Jackson, who has various South Buffalo addresses, pleaded guilty as charged Wednesday before Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case to a felony charge of criminal possession of a weapon in the second-degree. He will be sentenced Dec. 5.

Sedita said Jackson and two friends, including the man who owned a the licensed pistol that was stolen, went bar-hopping in South Buffalo this past Christmas night and as his gun-owning friend was playing pool in one bistro Jackson took the pistol from the man’s hung-up jacket and sold it to another man for aq quantity of drugs and cash.

Later on Dec. 26 Jackson’s gun-owning friend confronted him only to be told Jackson would return the pistol to him – even though he had already sold it – for what Sedita described as “a $300 ransom.” That prompted the gun-owner to complain to police and resulted in Jackson’s latest arrest and indictment on the felony weapons count.