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Buffalo man pleads guilty in two gun cases

A man who was arrested after he threatened a family while carrying a loaded gun – and then was apprehended a second time while driving drunk with a loaded pistol in the car – pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal weapons possession in State Supreme Court.

Markilo Hayes, 27, of Buffalo, admitted that he was illegally carrying a loaded firearm on Jan. 5, 2015, and again on March 20, 2016, when he was free on bail in the first case. The first time, he had a revolver while engaged in a confrontation with his girlfriend's family. Buffalo Police Officer Mark Goodspeed recovered the gun when the defendant fled. The gun had Hayes' DNA on it, authorities said.

In the second case, Hayes caught his vehicle on a concrete barrier while speeding in the Bennett High School parking lot. Officers Courtney Tripp and Amanda Rivers found the drunk driver with a semi-automatic pistol in the center console.

Hayes faces a sentence of between 14 and 30 years when he appears before Justice Deborah Haendiges on Feb. 28.

 

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