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Buffalo man admits killing friend when they were playing with gun

A Buffalo man has admitted in Erie County Court that he was responsible for the shooting death of a friend when the two were playing around with a handgun last October.

Brandon Robinson, 26, of South Division Street, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the death of Michael McHerrin, 19, on Oct. 26. The two reportedly were at the home of Robinson’s parents when they discovered a loaded handgun. According to the District Attorney’s Office, the weapon was licensed and the owner has a permit for it.

The young men removed the ammunition clip before they began toying with the weapon, but neglected to check the gun’s chamber. It contained one bullet, which struck McHerrin in the head when the gun went off.

“It’s a terrible, terrible tragedy for all involved,” Robinson’s attorney, Frank M. Bogulski, said after the plea. “He’s really remorseful.”

Robinson was freed on his own recognizance. Bogulski said that Judge Kenneth F. Case indicated he would consider the full range of sentencing options, which run from probation to a maximum of one and a third to four years in prison, when Robinson returns to court Aug. 29.