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Man sentenced to 5 years for illegal weapons possession

A 22-year-old Buffalo man has been sentenced to five years in prison for illegally possessing a revolver, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

In February, a jury found James Taylor guilty, as charged, of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony. Taylor was convicted of the only count in the indictment against him.

On June 29, 2018, the Buffalo Police Department was investigating a reported shooting that occurred about 8 p.m. on June 28 on Burgard Place. A witness provided the description of a red Ford Fusion.

Around midnight, officers located a car matching the description. It was parked with its engine running on the 2700 block of Bailey Avenue, about a mile from the reported shooting on Burgard Place, prosecutors said. When police approached the vehicle and asked the occupants for identification, a revolver was in plain sight under the rear center console.

Officers recovered the revolver, which was loaded with five rounds.

District Attorney John J. Flynn commended Detective Christopher Gerace, Lt. Jonathan Pietrzak and Officer Jason Schnelle for their work in the investigation.

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