BUFFALO, NY - Two men who were shot by a man whose son they had just robbed have pleaded guilty to robbery and weapons possession charges, according to a statement released by the Erie County District Attorney's Office Thursday morning.
Buffalo residents Robert Moore, 19, of 136 Theodore Street, and Bernard Byrd III, 22, of 46 Van Gordner Street, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and robbery in the second degree in Erie County Court.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred on July 28, 2013, on Minnesota Avenue in the city. Moore and Byrd robbed a man at gunpoint of a gold chain and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said at the time. The robbery took place in front of the victim's father's house.
The father went into his house and retrieved his handgun. When confronted by the man, Moore and Byrd turned their guns on him, Erie County D.A. Frank Sedita III says. The father shot both men, who were arrested by police soon afterwards.
The father's handgun was legally registered, Sedita said.
Moore and Byrd each face a maximum prison sentence of 15 years in prison. They are scheduled to be sentenced on October 31, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case.