Modified: December 11, 2014 2:56pm
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III announced that the following three defendants pleaded guilty as charged to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. None of the defendants received a so-called “plea” bargain and all of the defendants were prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
On October 12, 2013, 24 year-old Damon Hunter of Briscoe Ave. in the City of Buffalo possessed an unlicensed and loaded .32 caliber revolver. Hunter’s arrest stemmed from a 911 call reporting shots fired in the vicinity of 1475 East Delavan Ave. in the City of Buffalo. Officer Melanie Neureuther responded and found the pistol, which appeared to have recently been fired, in a Mercedes occupied by the defendant. Shockingly, Hunter lied to the police, claiming to have no knowledge of the hidden gun. Forensic DNA analysis confirmed it was Hunter’s weapon.
No stranger to law enforcement, Hunter boasts a violent felony conviction from 2008 and therefore faces a minimum of seven years and a maximum of fifteen years in state prison when he is sentenced on December 22, 2014 by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case.
The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Sara N. Ogden, who is assigned to the Tactical Prosecution Unit of DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau.
On January 8, 2014, 23 year-old Dijon Dunovant of Thornton St. in the City of Buffalo possessed an unlicensed and fully loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol. Dujovant’s arrest stemmed from 911 call of two men threatening a woman with a gun in the vicinity of East Amherst and Bailey in the City of Buffalo. Buffalo Police Officer Kevin Kindzierski responded and saw the defendant, who matched the description of the perpetrators. Although Dunovant was not the suspected culprit, he admitted to possessing a concealed pistol when questioned, prompting the officer to seize a fully loaded pistol from inside the defendant’s jacket.
At a pre-trial suppression hearing, Dujovant claimed the police officer lied about the arrest and violated his constitutional rights. State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns dismissed the defendant’s self-serving and false testimony and found that Officer Kinddzierski’s testimony was, by contrast, “credible and trustworthy.”
Dujovant faces a minimum of three and one-half years and a maximum of fifteen years in state prison when he is sentenced on January 6, 2015 at 9:30 am by Justice Burns.
The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney and Michael P. Felicetta, Chief of DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau.
On July 19, 2014, 17 year-old Trevaughn Green of Florida St. in the City of Buffalo possessed an unlicensed and loaded handgun. Green’s arrest stemmed from a shooting incident resulting in no injuries. Specifically, Green -- a member of the so-called “Bang’em F--k’em and Leav’em” gang, better known to their members and supporters as “BFL” -- shot several rounds from his unrecovered pistol into what can charitably be described as the clubhouse of the rival “Pretty Boy Clique.”
Shockingly, the intended victims were uncooperative with and disrespectful to the authorities, even telling the responding officers to “f--k off.” The Buffalo Police Department’s investigation, spearheaded by Detective Sergeant Gary Teague, nonetheless built a case which compelled the defendant to turn himself in and admit his guilt.
Unless adjudicated a so-called “Youthful Offender,” Green faces a minimum of three and one-half years and a maximum of fifteen years in state prison when he is sentenced on January 2, 2015 by State Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang.
The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Danielle Soluri, who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau.