BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Aaron Lucas, aka B-Wise, 38, of Buffalo, NY, with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between October 25 and October 28, 2015, the defendant possessed a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle. Lucas was convicted in 2003 of a felony charge in state court and as a result is prohibited from legally possessing a firearm.
The defendant will be arraigned on March 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer.
The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda and the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid, New York Field Division.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.