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SUSPECT IN GIRL'S SLAYING HAS CRIMINAL RECORD

The Dunkirk man accused of murdering a teen-age girl last week has a long criminal record.

Ingvue "Pete" Buchanan, 36, was arrested Saturday night and charged with second-degree murder in the strangulation death of Aiysha Barksdale, 14, also of Dunkirk.

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace Monday said Buchanan was "well known to our department."

In 1983, Buchanan was convicted of first-degree robbery and grand larceny for the gunpoint holdup of a bank in Brocton. He was sentenced to three to nine years in prison. That same year he was convicted of first-degree burglary and assault.

In 1993, Buchanan was sentenced to one year in Chautauqua County Jail for sexual misconduct. Since that time he has been convicted of second-degree criminal contempt and second-degree assault in separate incidents.

"I am not at liberty to say how we discovered the suspect," Gerace said. "But we did learn that they had been seen together Thursday and from there we were able to put together enough information to arrest Mr. Buchanan."

Officials did not disclose a motive, but relatives of Miss Barksdale's said Buchanan was a longtime friend of the family.

The girl's body was found off Urban Road in the Town of Dunkirk Friday morning.

Buchanan is scheduled for arraignment Thursday.

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