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A State Supreme Court jury has found Devaughn Holmes guilty of the fatal shooting of a Buffalo man on Linwood Avenue on Feb. 26, 2004.

Holmes, 21, of Andover Street, faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced June 29 by Justice Penny M. Wolfgang. He was convicted of first-
degree manslaughter and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon by the jury after more than nine hours of deliberations Tuesday and Wednesday.

Miguel Breckenridge, the victim, was shot in the back of the head and in the shoulder and knee during a scuffle.

Prosecutor Christopher J. Belling said Breckenridge and Holmes knew each other and were arguing when the shooting occurred. Holmes ran into the emergency room of nearby Millard Fillmore Hospital, holding the murder weapon moments after the shooting.

Holmes, represented by attorney John R. Nuchereno, claims he wrested the gun from Breckenridge and another man who had just tried to rob him and that he acted in self-defense.

An earlier trial ended in a mistrial last October when a jury was split, 10-2, for conviction but couldn't reach a unanimous verdict.

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