Man tries to bribe friend into taking the fall

Man tries to bribe friend into taking the fall
Posted at 1:37 PM, Jan 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-25 13:37:01-05

A man who tried to bribe his friend to take the fall when he was caught with a gun will be going to jail for at least five years.

In February 2015, Peter Kohler brought a revolver to a birthday party. The intoxicated 23-year-old Buffalo resident accidentally fired the gun in his pants and then tried to walk home. A friend came along, took the gun from Kohler and walked home with him.

While walking, Kohler and his friend were stopped by police. The friend was charged with possession of a revolver.

But based on DNA evidence, phone records and police work, authorities determined the gun belonged to Kohler, who was charged. During his four-day trial, jurors heard phone calls between Kohler and his friend where Kohler attempted to bribe his friend to take the fall.

A jury found Kohler guilty of second degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Kohler, who was on probation for a previous weapons conviction, now faces a minimum of five years in jail when he’s sentenced next month.




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