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Defendant in fatal shooting sentenced to 20 years in prison

A Buffalo man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for fatally shooting another man who tried to break up an alcohol-fueled argument between the defendant and another person.

State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns also ordered five years of post-release supervision for Bernard Roberson, 21, in the May 2 shotgun slaying of Jason Ramirez, 38, at the home of Roberson’s mother on Schmarbeck Avenue.

Roberson was originally charged with second-degree murder but pleaded guilty last month to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter.

Prosecutors said Roberson was arguing with another person when he went and got a shotgun, returned and shot Ramirez who had tried to intervene in the dispute.

Assistant District Attorney Colleen Curtin Gable of District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III’s Homicide Bureau prosecuted the case.