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Teen admits killing deli owner

A Victoria Street teen pleaded guilty Monday to murdering Buffalo deli owner Lutf Myheeb "Mike" Saeed after a daytime stickup five months ago.

Robert L. Gwynn Jr., 16, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as a juvenile offender before State Supreme Court Justice Timothy J. Drury.

Gwynn had been charged in the Nov. 15 shooting death of Saeed, 38, in Myheeb's Deli at Fillmore and Rodney avenues.

Drury told Gwynn he intends to impose a juvenile-offender sentence of 11 years to life in prison when he is sentenced July 25. Gwynn, who could be prosecuted as a juvenile murder suspect because he was 15 at the time of the shooting, has been in custody since he and his 13-year-old accomplice were arrested Dec. 11.

Prosecutors Christopher J. Belling and Timothy D. Gallagher told the judge that Saeed's family is "comfortable" with the prison term Gwynn faces. Under state juvenile offender law, Gwynn faced only a mandatory prison term of 7 1/2 to 15 years to life.

Belling and Gallagher said Gwynn's accomplice is being prosecuted in Erie County Family Court, where the records are unavailable to the public.

The prosecutors said Saeed, an immigrant from Yemen who knew Gwynn from the neighborhood around his store, died about 30 minutes after Gwynn shot him in the chest.

Gwynn was remanded pending sentencing. His mother wept as she and other members of his family left the courtroom.


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