Man Pleads Guilty in Shooting Case

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Buffalo, NY (WNY News Now) – A man admitted guilt in the shooting death of Paris Warren, Jr., leading to a Manslaughter conviction. His co-defendant also pleaded guilty in the incident, facing an Attempted Murder charge.

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced that 33-year-old Bryant Ziegler, Jr. of Buffalo entered a guilty plea today before Erie County Court Judge Suzanne Maxwell Barnes. Ziegler pleaded guilty to one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, classified as a Class “B” violent felony.

The incident took place on June 3, 2018, around 3:00 a.m. Ziegler, with the intention of causing grave physical harm, used an illegal firearm to shoot the victim, Paris Warren, Jr., near the intersection of Genesee Street and High Street in Buffalo. Tragically, 36-year-old Warren succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Bryant Ziegler now faces a maximum prison sentence of 25 years. The scheduled sentencing is set for Thursday, December 7, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. He remains in custody without bail.

Sidney Watson, Ziegler’s co-defendant and a 26-year-old Buffalo resident, also accepted responsibility for his role in the crime. Watson pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a Class “B” violent felony. His potential sentence, like Ziegler’s, carries a maximum of 25 years in prison. Watson’s sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. He, too, is being held in custody without bail.

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