LOCKPORT – In the first Niagara County felony jury trial held in over a year, Tyrone Bruce, age 37, of Lockport, was convicted of possessing two illegal handguns. The jury returned a verdict late Friday afternoon convicting Bruce of two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.
The illegal guns and drugs were found when a search warrant was executed by officers of the Lockport Police Department and Niagara County Sheriff’s Office at Bruce’s South Bristol Ave. home in Lockport in September 2019. “This is a significant first step in bringing the large backlog of criminal cases caused by the COVID shutdowns to conclusion and holding individuals accountable” said District Attorney Brian Seaman. The week-long trial was conducted by Assistant District Attorneys Maria Stoelting and Christine Savoia.