Teenager Sentenced for Possession of Illegal Weapons and Filing False Insurance Claim

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – A Buffalo teenager has been convicted of possession of illegal weapons and filing a false statement of insurance in two separate cases.

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced that a 19-year-old man was granted juvenile status when he was sentenced by Erie County Court on Monday, he was sentenced to an indefinite period of 1 1/3 to 4 years in a state prison.

The teenager pleaded guilty to three felony counts in two separate cases in September.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Before the 19-year-old was granted juvenile offender status, 7 Eyewitness News reported his name. Now that he has been granted Juvenile Offender status, his name has been removed from all previous stories and will not be used in any future reporting.

In the first case, the district attorney’s office said that on October 24, 2021, Buffalo police arrested the teenager on Erskine Avenue near Suffolk Street and during the traffic stop, officers discovered he was driving without a license. Officers also discovered that the teen was in possession of two loaded illegal firearms. He pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal possession of a second degree weapon in this case.

In the second case, the district attorney’s office said on October 15, 2020 that the teenager intentionally spray-painted racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic graffiti on his SUV parked on Saranac Avenue in Buffalo. The teenager then intentionally filed a false statement with his auto insurer. He pleaded guilty to one count of third degree insurance fraud in this case.

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