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Teen who had gun at Canalside pleads guilty

A Buffalo teenager arrested with a gun at Canalside over the Memorial Day weekend has pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to a weapons charge.

Jequan Wilson, 18, admitted to one felony count of criminal possession of a weapon when he appeared before Justice Penny M. Wolfgang on Wednesday. Wilson was one of several people involved at a fight that began at about 9 p.m. on May 28, during the Canalside Boardwalk Carnival holiday celebration.

Wilson reportedly never displayed the gun or threatened anyone with it, and he has no prior criminal record. Also, because he was 17 at the time of his arrest, he is eligible for youthful offender status.

Wilson remains free until his sentencing, and Wolfgang ordered him to “stay away from Canalside” until he returns to court Dec. 1.

Although no one was injured in the fight, the ruckus led Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., which operates events at Canalside, to increase its security presence for large events.

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