(WNY News Now) – A Hamburg man received a 20-year-to-life prison sentence after pleading guilty to Murder in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree for the fatal shooting of Slavisa “Slav” Stojanovic in Buffalo.
Buffalo – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn revealed today that Salvatore S. Rizzo, 36, of Hamburg, has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison following his guilty plea to Murder in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. Rizzo’s charges stemmed from a tragic incident on February 9, 2023, when he intentionally shot Slavisa “Slav” Stojanovic, 40, inside a business on Botsford Place in Buffalo using an illegal firearm.
The shooting took place at approximately 10:18 a.m., and Stojanovic was transported to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) with critical injuries to his head and neck. Sadly, Stojanovic succumbed to his injuries on February 16, 2023.
Rizzo’s apprehension came shortly after the incident when he was arrested at his residence in the Town of Hamburg. During the investigation, law enforcement discovered a loaded, illegal firearm inside Rizzo’s vehicle, which added to the charges against him.
On September 15, 2023, Rizzo pleaded guilty to the most severe charges in the indictment, including Murder in the Second Degree, classified as a Class “A-I” felony, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, designated as a Class “C” violent felony. As a result of his guilty plea, Rizzo now faces a minimum of 20 years to life in prison.