Niagara Falls Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Weapon Possession

(WNY News Now) – A Niagara Falls man has pleaded guilty to Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. The charges stem from a January 29, 2023, incident where he pointed an illegal pistol at a victim during an altercation in the Town of Tonawanda.

Tonawanda – Vincent E. Smith, a 36-year-old resident of Niagara Falls, has entered a guilty plea before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi. Smith admitted to one count of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a Class “D” felony. The charges stemmed from a confrontation that occurred on January 29, 2023.

During the altercation at a residence on Riverdale Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, Smith pointed an illegal pistol at the victim. When a bystander attempted to intervene, Smith discharged a round into the floor, injuring the bystander with the weapon. Smith, who was on parole at the time of the incident, fired another shot at the house as he was being escorted out of the party. Several witnesses observed this act.

Despite a search warrant executed at Smith’s residence on Ferry Avenue in the City of Niagara Falls, no weapon was recovered following the incident.

Vincent E. Smith now faces the possibility of a maximum sentence of 12 years to life in prison. He will be sentenced as a persistent violent felony offender on Monday, December 11, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. Smith is currently held without bail.

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