Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon

October 31, 2012 Updated Oct 31, 2012 at 9:19 AM EDT

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Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon

October 31, 2012 Updated Oct 31, 2012 at 9:19 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/Release) - 24-year-old Shawn Saunders of Buffalo, has pleaded guilty to two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.

Had he gone to trial those would have been the highest charges he could have convicted of.

On March 4th, 2012, NFTA officers were alerted to a suspect with a gun near the Main and Utica rail station. NFTA officers saw Saunders matching the description of the suspect with a bulge in his waistband.

Saunders led officers on a chase. During that time the officers saw Saunders take the gun out and throw it on the ground, shortly before being apprehended.

Saunders was released on bail.

While on bail, Saunders was arrested again on June 15th, 2012, when the Buffalo police responded to a call of a man with a gun on Fillmore Avenue, near French.

Saunders again gave chase, but was found and arrested hiding behind a shrubbery next to a loaded gun.

Saunders faces a maximum prison sentence of 30 years on each count and will be sentenced on November 30th, 2012 at 9:30 A.M., and will not be allowed bail.