BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A suspended Buffalo police officer will never again don his uniform after he was convicted of criminal charges in State Supreme Court Thursday.
Michael R. Missana, 42, was found guilty Thursday after a bench trial decision. State Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang ruled against Missana in the case which prosecutors built against him. She found Missana, an officer who was on the job for a little less than two years, guilty of petit larceny and official misconduct.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said Missana stole from a purse which was given to him by a bystander who found the bag. Sedita said Missana took about $130 from the purse before finally returning it to its owner.
Following charges, Missana pleaded not guilty, but was placed on paid leave from the Buffalo Police Department. On Thursday, following his conviction, Buffalo Police parted ways with him.
“Pursuant to Public Officer’s Law upon his conviction today, Mr. Missana is no longer a Buffalo Police Officer,” a Buffalo police spokesman said.
Missana will be sentenced on Sept. 2.