Tonawanda News — Marlon Johnson Jr., 23, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to being in possession of a firearm and ammunition Thursday, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul. Authorities believe Johnson is an associate of the Bailey Boys gang.
The defendant was allegedly with a group of men on Emerson Street in Buffalo on Dec. 16 and fled when a Buffalo police officer came to the scene to investigate suspected drug activity. The officer chased Johnson, who dropped a semiautomatic rifle into a garbage tote before running into an apartment building. Inside, the officer arrested Johnson, who has previously been convicted of felony weapon and drug charges.
The guilty plea is the latest in the continuing series of developments concerning the Bailey Boys gang operating in the City of Buffalo. Deon Allen pled guilty on July 24 to committing a violent crime in aid of a racketeering enterprise, and on Wednesday, seven members and associates of the gang were indicted on charges of murder and racketeering, as well as gun charges.
“In announcing yesterday the arrest of seven suspected members and associates of the Bailey Boys, we indicated that the investigation into this gang and its activities is continuing,” Hochul said. “With today’s conviction, we have removed yet another gang member from the streets of Buffalo. This office will continue to pursue other violent criminals and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.”
Johnson’s sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 26 before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.