“Toys R Us Killer” learns sentence for gun charge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The “Toys R Us killer” learned his fate Wednesday afternoon on a separate gun-related conviction.

Bernard Grucza, who was already sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter, was sentenced to 18 months for the gun charge. The sentence will run concurrently.

Grucza stabbed Toys R Us manager Larry Wells to death inside the Hamburg store last year. After being charged with Wells’ death, Gruzca was federally charged for illegally buying a gun.

Prosecutors say Grucza provided false written statements to a gun dealer to obtain a Ruger .380 caliber pistol and then later lied to federal authorities, claiming he had destroyed the pistol and disposed of it.

As part of the plea agreement in the gun charge case, Grucza must pay $223,000 in restitution to Toys R Us. Prosecutors say he stole merchandise, which he sold on eBay, as well as cash.

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