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Buffalo man pleads guilty in fatal shooting

Pedro Ramos-Roman pleaded guilty Friday to fatally shooting his common-law brother-in-law during a domestic argument three months ago.

Ramos-Roman, 31, of Pavonia Street, pleaded guilty to a first-degree manslaughter charge before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller for the fatal shooting of Norbert Garcia-Tapia, 34, as the two argued on the 200 block of Virginia Street at about 10 p.m. March 18.

Homicide Prosecutor Gary W. Hackbush told the judge that Ramos-Roman accepted a plea deal calling for a prison term of between 20 to 25 years.

He pleaded guilty to the slightly reduced charge without explaining the motivation for the fatal incident.

He had been indicted on second-degree murder and other charges for killing Garcia-Tapia and wounding another man.

Ramos-Roman has been jailed since his arrest shortly after the fatal shooting.

Hackbush said the two men were the common-law husbands of two West Side sisters and both had children by those women. The pretrial plea was acceptable to relatives of both men, Hackbush said.

Under the plea deal, Ramos-Roman will not be prosecuted further for the shooting of Carlos Fuentes, 46, during the same confrontation on Virginia near West Avenue, Hackbush said. The judge remanded the defendant to custody pending his July 21 sentencing.

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