Damon Hunter, 25, of Buffalo pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara Wednesday to lying to the grand jury that recently indicted a Schuele Boys Gang member for trying to kill Hunter and allegedly killing a friend of Hunter during a shooting at Northland and Stevens avenues five years ago.
Hunter, who has been serving a seven-year New York State prison term imposed by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case last Dec 22 on his felony weapons conviction in an unrelated East Side incident, faces up to five more years in Federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when Judge Arcara sentences him Dec. 31.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang said the Aug. 30, 2012 shooting of Hunter and the murder of his friend, Quincy Balance, was because Schuele Boys Gang members assumed those two had killed gang associate Walter Davison in another East Side incident four days earlier. Hunter was called months ago before the federal grand jury considering the case against Schuele Boys Gang member Roderick Arrington for the Aug. 30, 2012 shootings, but he allegedly lied about his knowledge of the shooter. Arrington was indicted on murder and other charges in that case two months ago, anyway, the prosecutor said.