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A Buffalo man was convicted last week of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon after police saw him standing next to a City of Buffalo garbage tote with a loaded .22-caliber pistol in it.

An Erie County Court jury returned the guilty verdict against Glasco P. Rozier III, 24, of Domedion Avenue, following an eight-day trial.

Buffalo Police Officers Mark Hamilton and Michael Acquino saw Rozier get out of a vehicle Sept. 13, 2012, near his home, repeatedly look at them and then flee. They got out of their patrol car and found Rozier standing next to the garbage tote, where prosecutors said he hid the gun just moments before. DNA analysis confirmed Rozier had possessed the gun.

Rozier was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center without bail. He faces a minimum prison sentence of 3½ years and a maximum of 15 years when sentenced April 1 by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.