Canisius College Basketball Player Arraigned on Felony Charges for Possession of Illegal Guns and High-Capacity Magazines on Campus

Modified: June 14, 2022 10:32am

6/14/2022

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 23-year-old Sarion McGee of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was arraigned yesterday morning before Buffalo City Court Judge Diane Wray on two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” violent felonies), ten counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree (Class “D” felonies) and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon on School Grounds (Class “E” felonies).

It is alleged that on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at approximately 10:00 p.m., Canisius College Public Safety officers were conducting a routine check of parking tags on vehicles near the Koessler Athletic Center on Main Street in the City of Buffalo when they observed a magazine from a handgun on the front passenger seat of the defendant’s vehicle. When confronted by public safety officers, the defendant, who is a student at the college, allegedly had two loaded, illegal handguns and high-capacity magazines inside of a fanny pack on his person. During a search of the defendant’s vehicle, officers allegedly found a shotgun and additional high-capacity magazines.

McGee is scheduled to return on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. He was remanded without bail.

If convicted of the highest charge, McGee faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

DA Flynn commends the Canisius College Department of Public Safety and the Buffalo Police Department for their work in this investigation.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.