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Attica inmate charged in 2012 murder case

A Buffalo man already in prison for manslaughter has been indicted in a 2012 drug-related killing.

Taire M. Chaney, 23, is in Attica Correctional Facility serving 25 years after being convicted of an execution-style murder outside a Fillmore Avenue bar on March 2, 2012.

Federal law enforcement officials announced Friday they believe Chaney shot and killed another man two days earlier.

The new three-count indictment charges Chaney in the Feb. 29, 2012, killing of Brad J. Daniels, 31, who was behind the wheel of a car on Bardol Street when he was shot.

The indictment accuses Chaney of narcotics conspiracy, discharging a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and discharging a firearm causing death in furtherance of drug trafficking.

The case involves a conspiracy involving the trafficking of cocaine and crack cocaine, Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang said in a news release.

If convicted, Chaney would face between 10 years and life in prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the indictment results from a probe into drug trafficking at the Perry Housing Projects conducted by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force and the Buffalo Police Department.

Chaney pleaded guilty in September 2012 to first-degree manslaughter the killing of Anthony L. Pitts, 20.

The shooting, in which Pitts was shot in the head at close range, was captured on a city surveillance camera, as well as private security cameras. It happened after a minor altercation in the bar, police had said.

At the time of his guilty plea in October 2012, Chaney told the judge “things got out of hand,” calling the shooting “the worst decision of my life.”

At the time, the judge had the option of sentencing Chaney to between five and 25 years. He chose the latter, after prosecutors sought the maximum sentence.

Chaney’s current incarceration also includes convictions for attempted burglary and weapons possession, according to an online database of state inmates.

Chaney will be arraigned on the new charges on July 28.

The drug trafficking investigation has led to 13 people being charged, six of whom have been convicted, authorities said.