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Man pleads guilty in Town of Niagara gun case

LOCKPORT – A man who was found to have a unlicensed 9-millimeter handgun and 31 bullets during a traffic stop last year pleaded guilty to a felony Monday in Niagara County Court.

Jamal R. Swanson, 29, of 20th Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, which could send him to prison for as long as seven years. Judge Matthew J. Murphy III will make the call July 11.

Swanson was a front-seat passenger in a car pulled over by Niagara County sheriff’s deputies Sept. 25. They reported seeing the gun behind Swanson, and the bullets were later found in his back pocket, Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell told Murphy.