(WNY News Now) – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn has announced that a jury convicted a 32-year-old from Buffalo of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a Class “C” violent felony, after a four-day trial, where Buffalo Police officers’ observations played a pivotal role in linking the defendant to the illegal handgun.
Buffalo, NY – A jury delivered its verdict on Monday, finding Terrance Boyd, 32, of Buffalo, guilty of one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, classified as a Class “C” violent felony. The decision came after approximately two hours of deliberation following a four-day trial and pertained to the only charge in the indictment against Boyd.
The incident in question transpired on Monday, August 16, 2021, around 1:05 a.m., when Buffalo Police officers conducting routine patrol initiated a traffic stop on the 1300 block of East Ferry Street in the City of Buffalo. The basis for the stop was the absence of a front license plate on the vehicle. As officers approached the vehicle, they observed Boyd, who occupied the front passenger seat, handing a bag to an individual in the backseat. Subsequently, officers retrieved the bag from beneath the front passenger seat, revealing its contents as a loaded, illegal handgun.
Boyd’s connection to the illegal firearm was established through DNA analysis, cementing the prosecution’s case against him. Terrance Boyd faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Monday, November 27, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. before State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek.