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Teen’s testimony heard in Falls gun possession case

LOCKPORT – The testimony of a 15-year-old boy who admitted to a felony gun possession charge Wednesday may not save a Niagara Falls man from going to jail when he is sentenced on Sept. 16.

Michael G. Maye, 30, of Whitney Avenue, admitted to a probation violation in a petit larceny case, a reduced plea he entered last year after being charged with taking part in the robbery of three men on Pierce Avenue in the Falls on Sept. 12, 2013.

Maye was arrested in April on a weapons felony after his probation officer found a .22-caliber rifle hidden in the basement of Maye’s home, Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said. The search also turned up 58 hollow-point .22-caliber bullets in a sock and some handgun ammunition.

Maye brought the 15-year-old to court, and he told Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon that he stashed the rifle in the basement, but he said he didn’t know anything about the ammunition. Maye eventually admitted to violating probation by drinking and testing positive for several types of drugs, but continued to deny allegations connected with guns. Caldwell said text messages found on Maye’s phone seemed to indicate he was facilitating the sale of a weapon and some drugs.