Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Gun Charge

Modified: July 2, 2018 3:51pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 24-year-old Victor Long of Buffalo pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. The defendant pleaded guilty to the only charge in the indictment. 

On October 19, 2017, Buffalo Police officers on routine patrol spotted a vehicle traveling on Fourgeron Street without a front license plate. The officers initiated a traffic stop, and the driver stated that he did not have a license. The defendant, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, also did not have a license. Officers asked both men to exit the vehicle and called a tow truck.

While waiting for the tow truck to arrive, the officers discovered a loaded revolver inside a book bag and placed both defendants under arrest.

A lab obtained a DNA profile on the firearm, which excluded the driver of the vehicle. The driver was cited for driving without a license and ticketed for driving without a front license plate.

Long faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Friday, August 3 at 9:30 a.m. 

DA Flynn commends the investigative work of Officer Patrick Garry, Officer Andrew Moffett, Officer Whitaker, and Detective Tina Ferraro of the Buffalo Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John P. Gerken, Jr. and Assistant District Attorney Ryan M. Flaherty of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau