2012-08-03 / Top Stories

Breezy Resident Pleads Guilty

A Breezy Point man who was arrested in May in front of the Blarney Tavern on Rockaway Point Boulevard for menacing a patron with a gun has pleaded guilty to second degree criminal possession of a weapon this week at Queens Criminal Court, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

According to court papers, Edward Luhrs, 33, pulled a .38 caliber handgun from his waistband on the night of May 28, and pointed it at Robert Willis, yelling “Back up, bro.” Startled patrons called 911 from their cell phones, reporting a man with a gun. When 100 Precinct officers responded to the bar, they noticed Luhrs reaching into his waistband for the gun.

Officer Anthony Byrd took the gun away from Luhrs before he could draw the weapon, preventing a potential shootout in front of the bar. The weapon contained five live rounds.

He was arraigned on charges of criminal possession of a weapon and menacing. He will be sentenced on August 21, and is expected to receive 2.5 years in jail and two years worth of post release supervision, according to a spokesperson for DA Brown’s office.

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