(WNY News Now) – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that a 31-year-old Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon before State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges to one count of Murder in the Second Degree (Class “A-I” felony). The defendant pleaded guilty to the highest count in the indictment against him.
Buffalo – On Saturday, September 17, 2022, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Buffalo Police responded to a reported fight on the 400 block of Berkshire Avenue near Bailey Avenue. The defendant attacked his ex-girlfriend and beat her boyfriend with a metal pipe. The victim, 29-year-old Nickolas Grazes from Buffalo, died from the injuries. The female victim was treated for injuries to her arm and released from the hospital.
Thornton faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. He continues to be held without bail.
DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department Homicide Squad for their work in this investigation.
The case was prosecuted by Chief Gary W. Hackbush of the Homicide Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Rachel M. Vicario of the Special Victims/Domestic Violence Bureau.