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Holiday Season Kicks Off With 5 Gun Toting Thugs Being Convicted as Charged.


12/03/2013

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announces the following convictions, by way of verdict or guilty plea, for Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree.

27 year-old Michael Hogan of Buffalo was convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, as charged, after a trial before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio.  On December 6, 2012 on Hertel Ave. in the City of Buffalo, Hogan was smoking marijuana and was found in possession of 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol, loaded with 17 rounds of ammunition, by Buffalo Police Officers Thomas Sercu and Robert Yeates. The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Paul J. Glascott who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau.  Hogan faces a minimum of 3½ years and a maximum of 15 years in state prison when he is sentenced on January 7, 2014 before Judge DiTullio. 

18 year-old Robert Boyd, Jr. of Dignity Lane, Buffalo, pleaded guilty, as charged, to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski.  This is the highest charge for which Boyd could have been convicted had he gone to trial. On June 3, 2013 in the vicinity of Fillmore Avenue and East Delevan Avenue in the City of Buffalo, Boyd was found in possession of a .22 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, loaded with six rounds of ammunition, by Buffalo Police Officers Mark Hamilton and Michael Acquino. The case was successfully prosecuted by ADA Liam Dwyer who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau.   Unless he is adjudicated as a so-called “Youthful Offender” by Justice Michalski, Boyd faces a faces a minimum of 3½ years and a maximum of 15 years in state prison when sentenced on February 11, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. 

25 year-old Mitchell Wilson of Moselle Street, Buffalo, pleaded guilty, as charged to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree before Senior Erie County Court Judge Michael D’Amico.  This is the highest charge for which Wilson could have been convicted had he gone to trial. On February 13 2013, in the vicinity of Pembroke and William Gaiter Parkway in the City of Buffalo, Wilson attempted to discard a .32 caliber Glock pistol, loaded with ten rounds of ammunition, as he was being chased by Buffalo Police Officers Ann Devaney and Derrick Banaszak .The case was successfully prosecuted by ADA Jahaar S. Pridgen, who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau. Wilson faces a minimum of 3½ years and a maximum of 15 years in state prison when he is sentenced on February 10, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. by Judge D’Amico.

17 year-old Jordan G. Pagan of 51 Gelston Street, Buffalo, pleaded guilty, as charged, to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. This is the highest charge Pagan could have been convicted of had he gone to trial. On September 30, 2013, on Grant Street in the City of Buffalo, Grant was found in possession of a .22 caliber pistol and ammunition in his pockets when arrested by Buffalo Police Officers Nichols Militello and Daniel Ahern. The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Seth T. Molisani who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau.  Unless he is adjudicated as a so-called “Youthful Offender” by Justice Buscaglia, Pagan faces a minimum of 3½ years and a maximum of 15 years in state prison when sentenced on January 14, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

20 year-old Rogelio Mueses of 18th Street, Buffalo, pleaded guilty, as charged, to an indictment charging him with Criminal Possession of a Weapon Second Degree and Possession of Marijuana before Erie County Court Judge Thomas P. Franczyk.  These are the highest charges for which Mueses could have been convicted had he gone to trial. On January 27, 2013, while at the foot of West Ferry in the City of Buffalo Mueses was found in possession marijuana and a .25 Caliber pistol, loaded with three rounds of ammunition, by Buffalo Police Officers Stephen Schultz and Nicholas Parisi.  The case was successfully prosecuted by ADA Sara N. Ogden who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau. Mueses faces a minimum of 3½ years and a maximum of 15 years in state prison when he is sentenced January 23, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. by Judge Franczyk. 

DA Sedita stated: “Because of the diligence and bravery of the above-mentioned police officers, five gun-toting thugs are off the street. Because of the tenacity of the above-mentioned prosecutors in enforcing our no plea bargain policy in illegal handgun cases, these same thugs will be sent to faraway places where they won’t have the chance to menace and shoot innocent people.”