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Buffalo man admits to manslaughter in Titus Street stabbing

Wayne Wilson, 37, of Bailey Avenue pleaded guilty Friday morning to first-degree manslaughter and first-degree robbery for two separate crimes committed in December 2014.

Wilson admitted in State Supreme Court that he stabbed Lewis Browning on Titus Street on Dec. 17, 2014. Browning, 62, of Smith Street, died shortly afterward of his injuries.

Assistant District Attorney Eugene Partridge, who prosecuted Wilson, said the relationship between the men remains unclear. He said witnesses reported seeing Browning walking up Titus Street with Wilson behind him, and the two men were talking loudly or arguing. At some point, Wilson allegedly threw a brick and hit Browning in the head, knocking him to the ground. He then reportedly beat Browning with a hockey stick before stabbing him.

Partridge said Wilson was linked to the crime by DNA found on the brick and the hockey stick.

Justice Penny M. Wolfgang said Wilson will be sentenced as a persistent violent felony offender and faces a possible sentence of 20 years to life in prison when he returns to court April 26.