Defendant to Serve Prison Sentence for Possessing an Illegal Gun Found During Traffic Stop in City's Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood

Modified: June 28, 2021 3:15pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 31-year-old Quentin Suttles of Buffalo was sentenced this morning before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to a determinate sentence of 4 years in prison followed by 5 years of post-release supervision.

On September 8, 2019, at approximately 12:00 a.m., Buffalo Police officers were on routine patrol at the intersection of Mohr Avenue and Broadway when they observed a female driver speeding eastbound on Broadway. When the officers initiated a traffic stop, they allegedly smelled the odor of marijuana and observed marijuana inside the vehicle, which prompted a search of the vehicle.

The defendant, who was seated in the rear, refused to exit the vehicle. When he was forcibly removed from the backseat, the defendant fought with the officers and would not release his hands. During the struggle, one police officer felt a gun on the defendant. An illegal, loaded 9mm was recovered and the defendant was arrested.

Suttles pleaded guilty to one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” violent felony) on April 13, 2021. The defendant pleaded guilty, as charged, to the only count in the indictment against him on the day jury selection was set to begin in his trial.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department for their work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher S. Safulko of the Tactical Prosecution Unit.