BUFFALO, NY – According to reports, a man from Rochester, New York, has pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon after being caught with having a gun at an anti-violent event.
The alleged crime occurred during the Buffalo “March for Our Lives” event, an anti-gun violence demonstration, on Jefferson Avenue – just a short distance from the site of a mass shooting last month.#BuffaloMassacre #BuffaloNY pic.twitter.com/ZI1zrj9Q8X
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The Erie County District Attorney’s Office said that back on June 11th, Buffalo police saw 19-year-old Amauri Smith walking on Jefferson Avenue with what “appeared to be a gun in the pocket of his shorts.”
They also said this incident happened during the “March for Our Lives” event, adding:
“Officers confronted the defendant and recovered an illegal, loaded handgun from the defendant’s pocket.”
Smith, who is now 20-years-old, is currently free on a $20,000 bail. His sentencing date is scheduled for February 10th; he could spend up to seven years in prison for the charge.
In Salt Lake City, Utah, a man pleaded guilty to pepper spraying two people at a Black Lives Matter protest in West Valley City back in 2020.
The man, 46-year-old Randall Craig Schroerlucke, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with serious injury — a class A misdemeanor — and one count of assault, a class B misdemeanor.
Schroerlucke admitted to hitting two individuals with pepper spray and harming a third person when the pepper spray blew toward them.
As part of his plea deal, other counts were dismissed including threatening to use a dangerous weapon during a fight and one count of assault; both are class a misdemeanor. One count of assault, a class B misdemeanor and one count of disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor, were also dismissed.
Schroerlucke is scheduled to be sentenced on February 15, 2023. The plea deal states that he plans to ask for two years of probation as the sentence. West Valley City, however, plans to see 15 days in jail and 50 hours of community service in addition to the two years of probation.
In his guilty plea statement, Schroerlucke also said he plans to ask the judge to return the gun he voluntarily surrendered after his probation is completed, and to allow him to keep two guns in a safe in the home during probation.
He stated that he would only remove the guns from the safe if there is a credible threat to his life or his mother’s life while they are at home.
In Los Angeles, an Inland Empire man has agreed to plead guilty to attacked a Planned Parenthood with a BB gun on more than 10 separate occasions.
The man, 54-year-old Richard Royden Chamberlain, of Ontario, agreed to plead guilty to violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which “prohibits threats of force, obstruction and property damage intended to interfere with reproductive health care services.”
According to court documents, Chamberlain admitted that the attacks were meant to intimidate clinic workers, doctors and patients.
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In addition the nearly dozen attacks, he also admitted that he, a previously convicted felon, also had a loaded handgun on him during one of the attacks.
Between June 2020 and May 2021, court documents allege that Chamberlain shot at the Pasadena facility 11 times with BB guns, causing damage to the clinic including shattered windows.
In at least one of the attacks, one patient’s support companion was nearly hit by BBs as they hit banners near where she was sitting. However, no one was actually injured during any of the attacks.
Chamberlain was arrested on May 7, 2021, after one of his attacks. Pasadena police stopped him as he was driving away from the clinic and in the car police found eight BB guns, including some that were “designed to look like assault rifles,” and a loaded .22-caliber pistol.
Court documents allege that following that arrest, Chamberlain tried to get rid of his firearms by selling four to a local consignment store and selling eight others to a neighbor.
Authorities later searched his home and found thousands of rounds of ammunition, gun powder, a dozen additional BB guns, a black cylinder resembling a suppressor, a gun-making kit, various gun parts and multiple documents identifying and referring to Planned Parenthood.
Chamberlain has agreed to plead guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and one count of forcible interference with the obtaining and provision of reproductive health services.
If convicted on all charges, Chamberlain could face up to 11 years in prison.
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