A Buffalo man was arraigned in Niagara County Court Tuesday on an indictment accusing him of possessing an unregistered handgun March 4 near the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls.
Dylan T. Washington, 24, of Donaldson Road, pleaded not guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Police said the loaded gun fell out of Washington's pocket during a fight. Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the incident occurred on Sixth Street in Niagara Falls.
Washington was indicted after refusing a pre-indictment plea offer Sept. 27 that would have limited his sentence to a maximum of seven years in prison. If convicted as charged in the indictment, the maximum sentence would be 15 years.