Nine teenagers have admitted beating a man last May in Shoshone Park in North Buffalo as he tried to break up a fight between two Bennett High School students.
Pleading guilty to second-degree assault in the May 16 attack were: Homer Barney, 17; Damari Phillips, 17; Quashaun Moore, 17; Darvin Whitely, 17; Edward Magby IV, 18; and Jaquan Woodard, 19, as well as three juveniles.
James C. LeGrand, then 66, a longtime employee of the Mayor’s Impact Team, was trying to stop two girls from fighting when the nine attackers knocked him to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked him as he struggled to cover himself from their continuous blows, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
LeGrand was in the Shoshone parking lot cleaning his car that day.
The suspects were part of a crowd encouraging the girls to fight, police said. They were arrested in June after a Buffalo police school resource officer obtained a cellphone video of the attack and passed it on to Northwest District detectives who, with resource officers, identified the attackers.
The six older defendants could face up to seven years in prison when sentenced Jan. 15 by County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk. The juveniles, who will be sentenced by a Family Court judge, could face up to 18 months placement in a facility for delinquents.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Paul C. Parisi, of the Tactical Prosecution Unit, and Danielle M. Soluri, of the Felony Trial Bureau.
Sedita also credited the investigation led by Buffalo Police Department Detectives Margaret J. Dragone and Carl A. Lundin.