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Buffalo man acquitted of attempted murder

An Erie County Court jury has acquitted a Buffalo man of attempted murder in the stabbing of his mother’s boyfriend during an argument last year but couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on an assault charge.

As a result, Willie N. Henley, 35, still faces one count of first-degree assault in the attack on Burnett Hopkins, 51, last March 17 in a home on West Ferry Street where Henley lived with his mother and grandmother.

Assistant District Attorney Paul Williams and defense attorney John K. Jordan will meet Wednesday with Judge Thomas P. Franczyk on the next step in the case after the jury deadlocked on the assault charge Friday afternoon and the judge declared a mistrial on that charge.

Both the attempted murder and assault charges are Class B felonies, which carry a maximum prison sentence of up to 25 years upon conviction.

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