Man guilty of selling illegal weapon to undercover cop


MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Western New York man originally charged under the state’s new gun law has been convicted of selling an illegal assault weapon to an undercover investigator.

Charges against Benjamin Wassell of Silver Creek under the SAFE Act were later dropped from the indictment. But a jury found him guilty Monday of four felony counts.

In January 2013, the 32-year-old sold an illegal DelTon DTI-15 assault rifle to an undercover State Police officer. But because the rifle had a pistol grip, telescoping butt stock, and a bayonet mount, it is considered illegal under the penal law.

When Wassell is sentenced, he faces up to seven years in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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