A Buffalo man charged with violating the state’s gun control law last year after a foot chase through an East Side neighborhood ended with the recovery of a 9 mm handgun has pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Darquane McDuffie, 19, admitted possessing the loaded pistol as he was being pursued by Buffalo Police Officer Adam O’Shei March 31 after jumping out of a car that police were trying to stop on Sweet Street.
The officer said he saw McDuffie wielding the pistol, which he threw away on Stanislaus Street, where it was later found in a driveway. The gun had 11 rounds, including one in the chamber.
Police arrested McDuffie and charged him with weapon possession and unlawful possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device under the state’s SAFE Act. Enacted on Jan. 15, 2013, the law prohibits having more than seven rounds in a magazine.
McDuffie, who had also been arrested on charges of weapon possession in 2010 and drug possession in 2011, faces a minimum prison sentence of 3½ years and a maximum of 15 years when sentenced Feb. 25 by Erie County Judge Sheilda A. DiTullio, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.