17-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Weapon Possession in Buffalo School Incident

Credit: Brett Hondow

(WNY News Now) – A 17-year-old male has admitted guilt to charges of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, related to an incident in which a disassembled handgun was discovered in his backpack at a Buffalo school.

Buffalo – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced that the teenager, whose name is being withheld due to his age, entered a guilty plea before Youth Part Judge Brenda Freedman. The charges stem from an incident on April 25, 2023, when the adolescent offender, a student at Academy School #131, triggered a security alarm as he passed through the weapon detection system. A school security officer found a disassembled handgun in his backpack, leading to a brief lockdown and police notification. The weapon, described as a “ghost gun,” was seized by the Buffalo Police Department.

Additionally, the teenager pleaded guilty to an assault charge for an incident that occurred while he was incarcerated at the Erie County Youth Services Center in June 2023. He assaulted another inmate, who subsequently received medical treatment for facial injuries.

Sentencing for both cases is scheduled for November 13, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., and the teenager remains in custody without bail.

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