Buffalo Man Sentenced Following Fatal Shooting

BUFFALO, NY (WNY News Now) – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn has announced the sentencing of 20-year-old Vincent Manirakiza of Buffalo, who was sentenced this morning before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case to an indeterminate sentence of 5-15 years in prison.

The case stems from an incident that occurred on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at approximately 2:38 p.m. On that fateful day, Manirakiza, while acting in concert with a juvenile offender, unlawfully entered a residence located on the 200 block of Koons Avenue in the City of Buffalo through a window. Once inside the home, the juvenile offender, who was 15-years-old at the time of the crime, intentionally shot two teenagers with an illegal “ghost gun.”

Tragically, one victim, a 17-year-old female, lost her life at the scene. Out of respect for her age and the sensitivity of the situation, her name was not disclosed . The second victim, a 19-year-old male, was taken to ECMC, where he received medical treatment for an injury to his arm.

The juvenile offender, a 16-year-old male from Buffalo, pleaded guilty to one count of Murder in the Second Degree (Class “A-I” felony), the highest charge in the indictment, on October 11, 2022. He is currently serving an indeterminate sentence of 12 years to life in prison.

Vincent Manirakiza, pleaded guilty to one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree (Class “C” violent felony) on June 28, 2023. The defendant admitted his guilt under the theory of accomplice liability for his role in the tragic homicide.

District Attorney John J. Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department Homicide Squad for their dedicated work throughout the investigation.

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