Student who brought gun to Lackawanna school pleads guilty

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to criminally possessing a weapon he brought to a school in January.

Devonte Ridgeway, 20, a student, brought a backpack containing a loaded handgun to Baker Hall School in Lackawanna. School staff found the gun tucked in a sneaker when a metal detector alarm was triggered.

Although Ridgeway was able to escape from the school, he was later taken into custody by Lackawanna police in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Baker Hall serves students up to age 21 who either face intellectual disabilities or were diagnosed with brain or emotional trauma.

A judge ordered Ridgeway to stay away from the school during a previous court appearance.

On Thursday, it was announced that Ridgeway faces 3.5 to 15 years in prison. He will be sentenced on May 12. 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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