Six separate arrests of six young men have resulted in six convictions for illegal possession of loaded and unlicensed handguns in Buffalo. All are awaiting sentencing for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a class C violent felony.
LaMario Clark, 18, was arrested after he was seen firing a 9mm pistol in the vicinity of Genesee Street and Bailey Avenue on Feb. 14. He was pursued through the snow and apprehended by Buffalo Officers Michael Scheu and Patrick MacDonald.
Leon Tate, 20, was stopped on Sweet Street on April 6, 2014 by Officers Mark Hamilton and Michael Acquino when they noticed a gun-shaped bulge in Tate’s trousers. They recovered a loaded .357 magnum revolver.
Caleb Winfield, 17, was carrying a loaded pistol on Aug. 15, 2014 when he was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for going the wrong way on Scajaquada Street.
Vincent Smith, 28, was arrested July 21, 2014 when Hamilton and Acquino found a loaded 9mm pistol that had been dropped by Smith in an apartment building on Clinton Street. Smith had just completed parole for an earlier gun possession conviction.
Mario Pace, 24, was arrested Nov. 29, 2014 when Scheu and Officer Padraic Allman responded to a report of a man with a gun and saw Pace first try to hide in a nearby home and then throw his weapon into some bushes.
David Russell-Kelly, 27, lead Officers Kenneth Agee and Kalvin Sharpe on a car and foot chase through neighborhoods along East Ferry Street before he was arrested Oct. 27, 2014 while carrying a loaded .38 caliber revolver.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office reported that all men pleaded guilty as charged and face a maximum of 15 years in prison when sentenced.