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A Buffalo man’s mental illness was not severe enough for a jury to find him not responsible for killing a man by stabbing him 22 times in his Lackawanna home in 2016. Jurors listened to several hours of testimony from mental health experts before finding Christian D. Gillie, 22, guilty of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree burglary and first-degree manslau…

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An East Aurora man indicted on a charge of attempted murder for allegedly stabbing his former girlfriend pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in State Supreme Court. He was ordered to be held in jail without bail. Christopher Giafaglione, 48, also entered not guilty pleas to charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and misdemeanor counts of criminal poss…

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It took four years to have enough evidence to charge Leron Bailey, 36, with the murder of Diamond Toler, but less than an afternoon for a State Supreme Court jury to find Bailey guilty of the senseless shooting. After a weeklong trial, Bailey was convicted of murder in the second degree in Toler’s death and of attempted murder in the second degree for shooting Moses…

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After stealing $320,000 from the University at Buffalo, using the money to polish his own public profile as well as that of the school, Dennis R. Black will not spend a day in jail. Black, 62, has repaid the money he stole and $22,000 in state taxes that he owed on his illicit income. That restitution factored into State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski’s deci…

A Kenmore woman operated a counterfeiting business making fake $20 bills, Erie County prosecutors say. Prosecutors say Krystal Rains used the phony $20 bills while shopping at Walmart, Home Depot and CVS. Rains, 33, is charged with 12 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree, two counts of criminal possession of a forged device in …

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Dennis R. Black, the face of UB for decades and a leader in the larger Buffalo community, escaped jail time by a quirk in the state's felony  sentencing rules, a State Supreme Court justice told the disgraced administrator. Instead, Black received five years probation and an order to perform community service. As Black stood before him Friday morning, Justice John L.…

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Mark Twain would never have written "Tom Sawyer" had he been living in present-day America, because there is no such thing as a boy with nothing to do but explore, search for treasure and have all kinds of dangerous adventures. Today young Tom would be shuttling from swim practice to his soccer game after having his music lesson but before getting his homework done. His…

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Krista B. Schultz has not been making her court-ordered restitution after embezzling $27,567 from Oracle Charter School in 2013, so she will be going to jail for one year. Schultz, 47, of Snyder had been sentenced to five years of probation after her conviction for third-degree grand larceny in October 2015. She had stolen the money by overpaying herself during the seve…

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A Buffalo man accused of shooting a man to death at a neighborhood party 2 1/2 years ago was arraigned Friday on a second-degree murder charge. Cornelius Jones, 27, who was arrested in November, is charged with killing Dequawn Griggs, 21, of Buffalo on July 5, 2015, at a party on Montana Street. Jones pleaded not guilty to murder and second-degree criminal possession…

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An Amherst family whose son died of alcohol poisoning during a fraternity hazing ritual in West Virginia more than two years ago has reached a settlement with the students, fraternity and university responsible for the teen's death. Nolan Michael Burch, a Canisius High School graduate, was 18 years old and a freshman a West Virginia University when he became a pledge at…

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Jury selection is underway in State Supreme Court for the trial of a man accused of attacking three people in a jealous rampage in June 2016. Mark T. Dublino, 54, is accused of using a sledgehammer to beat a former girlfriend and a man who was at her home on Mill Street in Williamsville on June 6. Dublino faces two counts of attempted murder and assault for a sub…

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A Buffalo man who repeatedly harassed and abused his girlfriend before she left him, and who then broke into her apartment and killed her new boyfriend, faces a possible 50-year prison sentence after being convicted of the fatal stabbing and other crimes. A State Supreme Court jury found Hillard Smith, 46, of Buffalo, guilty of first-degree manslaughter, burglary, assau…

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A Buffalo man was convicted of attempted second-degree murder after a weeklong trial in Erie County Court. The jury also found Warren Meredith, 35, guilty of first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a June shooting of a man in the Fruit Belt on Rose Street. The victim suffered several gunshot wounds but survived. Meredith was arrested …

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Jeffrey T. Brown was never officially arrested, charged or indicted in the shooting death of David Brown in 2016. Even so, he stood before an Erie County judge Tuesday morning and pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for killing Brown at a family party more than two years ago. The two men were not related but had been involved with the same woman. Jeffrey Brown, …

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Shortly before midnight on April 3, the cameras inside Sirwilliam Hardy's home in Cheektowaga captured something no one expected: Hardy shooting his father. Images leading up to the fatal shooting showed Hardy, a paraplegic, watching TV with his father, who was visiting from California, and prosecutors said that there appeared to be no provocation whatsoever for the att…