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FATAL SHOT INTO PARTY CROWD GETS MAN 20-YEAR TERM

An apologetic Brandon E. Jackson was ordered to spend the next 20 years in prison on Thursday for killing a Buffalo teenager when he fired into a crowd at a Carl Street graduation party last summer.

State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns gave Jackson, 19, of Birch Street, credit for pleading guilty to a first-degree manslaughter charge in the fatal shooting of Domonique Jones, 15, thus sparing his victim's family the trauma of a murder trial.

But Burns rebuked Jackson for getting a gun and firing into a crowd after being thrown out of the party last July 11. "Civilized people don't do that," Burns said, "and you killed somebody's child."

During the sentencing, Jackson apologized for what he did.

Deputy District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III and prosecutor Joseph A. Agro said Jackson and his victim were among about 100 young people thrown out of the Carl Street graduation party after Jackson got into a fight with another party goer.

Jackson came back to the house with a .22-caliber pistol and fired at least five shots into a crowd of young people standing on the street. Jones, who was not a target of the shooting, was hit in the back as he attempted to flee the gunfire, the prosecutors said.

Jones had graduated from eighth grade at Hamlin Park School 74 two weeks before he was slain, the prosecutors said.

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