Teen Pleads Guilty to Gun Charge After Accidentally Shooting Girlfriend Inside Cheektowaga Restaurant

Modified: September 25, 2020 3:28pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 19-year-old Anthony J. Ciccarelli of Town of Tonawanda pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case to one count of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a Class “D” felony.

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, at approximately 5:53 p.m., the defendant discharged a handgun that was in his pocket at a restaurant at the Walden Galleria. The gunfire struck his girlfriend in the upper right leg. The victim has since recovered from the injury.

The handgun was reported stolen from a vehicle in Niagara Falls and was not registered to the defendant.

Ciccarelli faces up to 7 years in prison when he is sentenced on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

DA Flynn commends the Cheektowaga Police Department for their work on the case. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney James M. Marra of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.