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Two plead guilty in case of assault rifle near bassinet

A Buffalo couple have pleaded guilty to concealing an assault weapon in a room near a baby's bassinet.

Antuan Yeomas, 27, pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree in State Supreme Court and Kiaira McCullough, 22, pleaded guilty Monday to criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

The unloaded assault rifle – with ammunition nearby – was discovered hidden in drywall near a bassinet on Dec. 28, 2016, when the Erie County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at an apartment at 471  Fillmore Ave., according to sheriff's reports. Drugs and drug paraphernalia also reportedly were found in the apartment.

Yeomas, who previously lived in Rochester, is a second felony offender.

McCulloug, who remains free on her own recognizance, had provided prosecutors with a statement and agreed to testify should Yeomas's case have gone to trial. In exchange, she was allowed to plead to a lesser charge, a Class A misdemeanor.

Justice Russell P. Buscaglia scheduled Yeomas for sentencing on April 4 and McCullough's sentencing for May 2.

(Court records last week incorrectly listed that McCullough had pleaded guilty to a felony gun possession charge.)

 

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