(WNY News Now) – A 31-year-old resident of City of Tonawanda, has been convicted of second-degree murder, six counts of attempted first-degree murder, and multiple weapon-related charges after a jury’s verdict, according to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.
Tonawanda – After an eight-day trial, a jury has delivered its verdict, finding Matthew R. Gerwitz guilty of a range of serious charges, including second-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. The 31-year-old Tonawanda resident was convicted of all 12 counts in the indictment against him following approximately five hours of deliberation.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred on May 26, 2020. At around 1:10 a.m., Gerwitz intentionally shot a 32-year-old civilian, Joseph Marasco, who was playing a cell phone game on the sidewalk. Marasco succumbed to his injuries after being hit in the torso by gunfire.
Later that morning, at approximately 3:37 a.m., Gerwitz returned to the area and fired multiple shots at four City of Tonawanda Police officers outside of his apartment. One officer was hit but survived the attack. Gerwitz attempted to flee in a vehicle, engaging in a high-speed chase and exchanging gunfire with police officers. He was eventually apprehended after a collision with police vehicles.
Further investigation revealed three illegal handguns inside Gerwitz’s residence. If sentenced consecutively, he faces a maximum possible sentence of up to 205 years to life in prison. Gerwitz is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, and is currently held without bail.