BUFFALO, N.Y. — A former Erie County Sheriff's Office jail deputy was sentenced to one-year conditional discharge, 50 hours of community service and a $205 fine for possession of cocaine found during an off-duty traffic stop.
John Gugino, 45, of Hamburg was the subject of a search warrant when he was stopped in October of 2020 while driving on Milestrip Road in the Town of Hamburg. During the search, a small amount of cocaine was found in his vehicle.
Gugino pleaded guilty to one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class “A” misdemeanor, in May of 2022. He was originally charged with a felony for possession of cocaine, but it was later determined the weight of the cocaine was a misdemeanor level.
Gugino was pulled over while off-duty and was since be terminated from his position in June of this year. He told 2 On Your Side's Dave McKinley after he was terminated that he should have a second chance.