Man who brought loaded gun into Lackawanna school sentenced

ARCHIVED PHOTO Devonte Ridgeway will serve 3 and a half years in jail for bringing a loaded gun into a Lackawanna School.

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 20-year-old Buffalo man has been sentenced for a criminal weapons charge after he brought a loaded gun into Baker Hall School in Lackawanna in January.

Devonte Ridgeway will serve three and a half years in prison plus five years supervised release.

Ridgeway was charged after bringing a loaded handgun concealed in a backpack onto school grounds. After the backpack triggered metal detector alarms, school staff searched the bag and found a loaded .22 caiber handgun tucked into a sneaker.

Ridgeway escaped from the school and was later apprehended by Lackawanna Police in Holy Cross Cemetery.

He pleaded guilty to second degree criminal possession of a weapon in April.

The judge in the case also issued an order of protection which prevents Ridgeway from having any contact with school employees until July 28, 2028. 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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