A Buffalo man who was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm has been sentenced to serve 27 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Prosecutors said 28-year-old Andre Baker on March 25, 2018, was involved in a fight with a couple near Jefferson Avenue and Genesee Street, and pulled out a firearm.
A civilian who turned out to be a licensed gun owner observed the confrontation, withdrew his concealed firearm and pointed it at Baker, who obeyed his command to drop his weapon. Baker fled the scene, when Buffalo police officers arrived, but was apprehended, prosecutors said.
Officers recovered a loaded, .380-caliber pistol on the ground next to where Baker was standing, prior to fleeing, along with a 12-gauge shotgun from Baker's vehicle.
Baker was previously convicted of second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.