Man Arraigned on Double Murder Charges Faces Life Sentence

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Buffalo, NY (WNY News Now) – A 20-year-old Buffalo resident has been arraigned for a shooting incident that resulted in two deaths and serious injuries.

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn has announced the arraignment of Clarence E. Thomas, a 20-year-old Buffalo resident, on charges of Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Sunday, July 30, 2023, around 11:30 p.m. Thomas is alleged to have deliberately fired multiple gunshots into a vehicle occupied by three individuals on the 100 block of Isabelle Street in Buffalo. The victims were transported to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) for treatment. Tragically, one 20-year-old male victim succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, while another 20-year-old male victim passed away four days later. A third victim, a 19-year-old male, suffered severe physical injuries and remains hospitalized.

Thomas is slated to appear for a felony hearing on Friday, August 18, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. He is currently being held without bail as the legal proceedings progress.

Thomas could potentially face a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in prison.


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