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Buffalo man gets six-year term in retaliatory shooting

A third defendant in a retaliatory shooting attempt that came a day after a man was wounded in a parking lot at a Town of Tonawanda restaurant was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison.

State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns ordered the prison term and two years of post-release supervision for Phillip Washington, 21, of Davey Street.

Washington pleaded guilty as charged to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the Nov. 18, 2013 shooting attempt in Buffalo.

Washington and two co-defendants – Derrick Roseboro, 21, of Cheektowaga, and Troy Berry, 18, of Copeland Place – were accused of targeting a man who they believed had shot Roseboro’s twin brother, Errick, outside Ying’s Wings and Things on Eggert Road after gunfire broke out as a crowd was leaving an alcohol-free DJ party Nov. 17, 2013, according to prosecutors.

The next day, the three defendants fired at the man in front of a home in Buffalo’s University Heights section, prosecutors said. All three shooters missed the target who ran away.

The shooters fled in a car, but police caught them and recovered their weapons, prosecutors said. They were charged with weapon possession, not assault, because the man they targeted was never found.

Derrick Roseboro and Berry both pleaded guilty to the weapon charge and were sentenced to six years in prison.