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Man Pleads Guilty to Criminal Possession of a Weapon After a Months Long Manhunt


04/10/2013

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 29 year old Terence Williams of 345 Crowley Avenue, Buffalo, pleaded guilty as charged to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree before Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.  This is the highest charge for which Williams could have been convicted had he gone to trial. 

Listed as a person of interest in February assault case and suspected of dealing heroin in the Riverside area, Buffalo Police Officers located Williams at a gas station on Ontario and Skillen Streets in Buffalo on April 26, 2012.  Williams unsuccessfully attempted to flee by backing his vehicle into a Buffalo Police Department patrol vehicle. Heroin, marijuana, and a loaded 9mm loaded pistol were recovered inside the defendant’s vehicle. 

Based upon the foregoing, as well as the fact that Williams had a prior conviction for a violent felony offense, the People requested that bail be set at $100,000 when he was arraigned at Buffalo City Court. Bail was set at $20,000 by the presiding City Court judge (not Justice Wolfgang). Williams posted the bail and, shockingly, fled the jurisdiction, necessitating a manhunt by multiple law enforcement agencies.  The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force located and returned Williams on September 26, 2012. 

The case was successfully prosecuted by ADA Brian Langenfeld. Williams faces a maximum prison sentence of 15 years when he is sentenced on May 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. before Justice Wolfgang.