19-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Fatal Buffalo Shooting

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(WNY News Now) – A 19-year-old from Buffalo has pleaded guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred in August 2022.

Buffalo – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn has announced that a 19-year-old male from Buffalo admitted his guilt today in Erie County Court before Judge Susan Eagan, a designated Youth Part judge. The plea is related to the tragic incident that took place shortly after midnight on Friday, August 19, 2022, when the defendant, in concert with a juvenile offender, attempted to rob a male victim seated in a vehicle on Elmer Avenue in Buffalo. During the attempted robbery, the defendant fired an illegal gun, striking a 16-year-old female passenger from Niagara Falls, who later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

The victim’s name is being withheld due to her age. The adolescent offender, who was 17 at the time of the incident, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

Sentencing is scheduled for Friday, December 8, 2023, at 9:30 a.m., with the defendant held without bail at the Erie County Youth Services Center. As part of the plea agreement, the defendant will not be eligible for youthful offender adjudication. The co-defendant, who was 14 at the time of the crime, will have their case transferred to Family Court.

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