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COURT UPHOLDS CONVICTION IN 1987 MURDER OF GIRL, 9

A state appellate court Tuesday upheld Thomas Kennedy's conviction in the 1987 murder of a 9-year-old Buffalo girl he had taken to Squaw Island to play games with other children.

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Rochester rejected Kennedy's claims that he shouldn't have been convicted of intentionally sodomizing and stabbing to death Melody Wilson on Aug. 27, 1987.

The appellate court, which heard the case two months ago, also rejected Kennedy's claim that Erie County Judge Joseph P. McCarthy wasn't justified in imposing the maximum prison term of 25 years to life.

On Oct. 12, 1988, McCarthy found Kennedy, 23, guilty of second-degree murder, sodomy and weapons counts. The Wilson girl was stabbed and her throat was slashed on Squaw Island. Kennedy had taken her and other children from his West Avenue neighborhood to the site.

He was sentenced originally on Dec. 6, 1988.

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