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Buffalo felon admits possessing firearm

Alexander Rivera-Santiago, 32, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty Monday to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Rivera-Santiago faces a prison term of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000 when his sentencing is scheduled, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler said the suspect

When Buffalo tried to police stop a vehicle on Jan. 31, the vehicle sped off, and after a high speed chase, the driver and  Rivera-Santiago  tried to flee on foot.  Rivera-Santiago was captured, Adler said. Officers found a .22-caliber revolver that  Rivera-Santiago had tossed as he was running and they found six .22-caliber rounds in his left pants pocket, Adler said.

Rivera-Santiago previously was convicted of felony charges in the State of Florida and as an ex-convict was  barred from possession a firearm, Adler said.

He pleaded guilty to the charge before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Rivera-Santiago's Jan. 31 arrest on Blum Avenue, near Military Road and Kenmore Avenue, is included in The Buffalo News' interactive map of gun activity in Buffalo this year.

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