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Buffalo man convicted of brandishing gun at VA hospital

A man accused of pulling a gun at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Buffalo was found guilty Tuesday after a jury trial.

Carl Randle, 58, of Buffalo, was convicted of menacing and will face a maximum of one year in prison.

Randle was at the VA on May 16 when he pulled out a gun and threatened a nearby woman, according to assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephanie O. Lamarque and Mary Catherine Baumgarten.

Randle hid the gun in the medical center’s chapel and, a short time later, was apprehended by VA police officers, prosecutors said. The gun, which was later recovered, turned out to be a BB gun.

The jury verdict before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy is the result of an investigation by the Veterans Affairs Police Department and the United States Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Division.

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