Man who fired gun in Ridgeway sentenced to 6 months in jail

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 July 2022 at 2:24 pm

ALBION – A man who fired shots from a gun last Sept. 1 in Ridgeway was sentenced last week to six months in the Orleans County Jail.

Paul Gulczewski, 28, was charged on Sept. 1 after police were called with reports of gunshots from a Ridgeway residence.

Gulczewski had a loaded 9 mm handgun, a large capacity ammunition feeding device which held 30 bullets, and was in possession of cocaine.

He pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. Gulczewski, who is now an Albion resident, also will be on probation for five years. He was sentenced by County Court Judge Sanford Church.

In another case in county court, Dale Shawver, 60, of Albion pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse, a D felony, and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, which is a misdemeanor.

He allegedly touched a 12-year-old girl in an intimate area. When he was charged, he turned in his weapons and a gun met the criteria for being an assault rifle under the state’s SAFE Act.

Shawver faces up to 6 months in jail and 10 years of probation when he is sentenced on Sept. 14.