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Judge sentences killer of man outside East Side bar to 23 years

The family of a Buffalo man who was fatally shot last year outside an East Side bar applauded Tuesday after a judge sentenced the killer to 23 years in prison.

Erie County Judge Michael L. D’Amico sentenced Edmund Bowie, 36, of Curry Walk, for the May 12, 2013, slaying of Dwon House, 37, of Spring Street.

Bowie had pleaded guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter. The shooting, outside Dinny’s Bar at 372 William St., followed an argument, according to police.

Bowie originally was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

D’Amico ordered the sentence to run concurrently with the five-year prison term Bowie is serving for a Sept. 18, 2013, break-in on Proctor Avenue in which Bowie beat the homeowner with a crowbar.

State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Haendiges imposed that sentence March 3 after Bowie pleaded guilty to burglary, assault and weapon charges.

D’Amico also ordered five years of post-release supervision after Bowie gets out of prison.

The judge sentenced Bowie after the victim’s mother, Terrie Washington Coit, asked him to give the defendant the maximum prison term for killing her son and changing her family’s life forever.

“I hope each and every day is a living hell for you,” she told Bowie. “You did not have to do this.”

“You don’t deserve to walk the streets,” she added.

Bowie apologized for his actions and told the victim’s family that he hopes someday they can forgive him.

His attorney, Paul G. Dell, said Bowie did not set out to kill anyone that evening but made the unfortunate choice to carry a gun while he was intoxicated. He said his client took full responsibility for what he did.


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