Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Assault

(WNY News Now) – A 28-year-old resident of Buffalo, received a 3-year prison sentence followed by 18 months of post-release supervision, as announced by Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn. Hurst’s conviction stemmed from an assault on 57-year-old William B. “Willie” Henley in a dispute within a Broadway apartment building on November 25, 2022.

Buffalo – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn disclosed that Brandon D. Hurst, aged 28, of Buffalo, was sentenced on October 25, 2023. Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi presided over the case, delivering a verdict of 3 years in prison, coupled with 18 months of post-release supervision.

The incident dates back to November 25, 2022, around 11:00 a.m., when Hurst allegedly assaulted William B. “Willie” Henley, 57, within the lobby of a Broadway apartment building located in Buffalo. The assault occurred with the intent to inflict serious physical harm. The altercation was the result of an ongoing dispute regarding a burglary that had transpired in Hurst’s apartment the previous day. Notably, Henley did not report the assault to the police.

Approximately 12 hours later on the same day, a resident of the same apartment building on the 900 block of Broadway dialed 911 to report an attempted burglary at her apartment. Before law enforcement arrived, it was revealed that a second altercation took place within Henley’s apartment.

Subsequently, the police arrested Henley and a co-defendant on charges related to attempted burglary, illegal possession of a firearm, and criminal mischief, all related to the attempted break-in at the apartment. Notably, Henley did not report any injuries to the police at the time of his arrest.

In connection to these events, Hurst pleaded guilty to one count of Assault in the Second Degree, categorized as a Class “D” felony, on September 13, 2023.


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