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Buffalo men plead guilty to charges of criminal possession of a weapon

Two Buffalo men who were part of a trio arrested on drugs and weapons charges following a traffic stop each pleaded guilty Monday in State Supreme Court to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Elijah Watkins, 24, and Siobhan Pratcher, 20, along with 26-year-old Marquel Smith of Cheektowaga, were pulled over on Warwick Avenue on Dec. 17, 2016, after Buffalo Police officers noticed a broken mirror on the driver’s side of the vehicle, the District Attorney's Office said.

Officers located a loaded .40 caliber pistol in the vehicle, the District Attorney's Office said.

Watkins and Pratcher are set to be sentenced May 11.

Watkins was convicted in 2012 for possession of a loaded firearm, the District Attorney's Office said. He faces a maximum seven years in prison, the District Attorney's Office said.

Pratcher faces a maximum seven years imprisonment, the District Attorney's Office said. Pratcher, who has no prior felony convictions, is eligible for probation, the District Attorney's Office said.

Smith pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to four years in prison.

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