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Convicted felon pleads guilty to gun charge

STAFF REPORTS


BUFFALO -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Aaron Lucas, aka B-Wise, 39, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to being a felon-in- possession of a firearm before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who is handling the case, stated that on October 25, 2015, a New York State search warrant was executed at the defendant’s Busti Avenue residence in Buffalo. Officers recovered a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle.

Lucas was convicted in 2003 of a felony charge in state court and as a result was prohibited from legally possessing a firearm. 

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 31, 2018, before Judge Vilardo.