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Buffalo man faces 34 years in prison after stabbing uncle

A Buffalo man faces up to 34 years in prison after he admitted stabbing his uncle, terrorizing two cousins and later threatening to kill his uncle and two witnesses.

Orlando Oquendo-Torres, 24, of Beatrice Avenue, pleaded guilty last week in Erie County Court to attempted first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and three counts of third-degree intimidation, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Oquendo-Torres admitted stabbing his uncle in the abdomen July 9 at Hudson and Seventh streets after his uncle tried to intervene in a dispute between the defendant’s girlfriend and the defendant’s stepmother, Sedita said. Oquendo-Torres then fled.

Six days later, Oquendo-Torres fired two bullets into the side of his cousin’s unoccupied SUV, which was parked in front of the cousin’s home on California Street. About 15 minutes later, he fired at least one bullet at a vehicle occupied by another cousin, the cousin’s wife and three children as it was traveling on Ontario Street, but no one was wounded.

Oquendo-Torres was arrested July 29 and arraigned the next day. At his Aug. 4 felony hearing, he threatened to kill his uncle and two witnesses to the stabbing, calling them snitches, Sedita said.

Judge Michael F. Pietruszka will sentence him April 6.

Assistant District Attorney Jeremy V. Murray prosecuted the case.