Share this article

print logo


A Glenwood Avenue man pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted murder Monday in connection with a fatal shooting during a confrontation in front of his home at about 6 a.m. Oct. 17, 2003.

Donyel T. Jones, 27, accepted the plea deal in the death of an Amherst Street man who, along with several other masked men, had apparently been trying to break into the defendant's sport utility vehicle.

State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang had been scheduled to begin jury selection Monday for Jones' second-degree murder trial in the fatal shooting of Raymond Huertas, 21.

After the plea deal was announced, Wolfgang allowed Jones to remain free on $100,000 bail and told him he faces an eight-year prison term when sentenced Jan. 18. She warned Jones he faces up to 25 years should he get into trouble again before sentencing.

Huertas, shot in the back of the head as he was apparently trying to run from Jones, collapsed a few doors from the defendant's home and died in Erie County Medical Center the next day.