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Man connected to car’s plunge onto Kensington Expressway is arraigned in fatal shooting

Leonard “Pooder” Robinson, 20, of Alexander Street, was arraigned Tuesday morning on charges of second-degree murder, attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the shooting death of Antoin D. Vance, 42, in Buffalo on Nov. 29.

Police had named Robinson a “person of interest” in the killing after he crashed his car onto the Kensington Expressway following the shooting and fled the state. He was arrested in Los Angeles, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Vance was killed inside his home on Purdy Street and Dominique Jackson, 24, was wounded in the shooting.

The events drew public attention because Robinson’s car allegedly sped away on Woodlawn Avenue and crashed through a guardrail along Humboldt Parkway. The vehicle plunged 25 to 30 feet onto the Kensington Expressway, but Robinson was still able to flee on foot.

Carresian Holloway, 19, a passenger in the car, was found at the scene. She was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal mischief with intent to damage property. Holloway remains jailed, with bail set at $200,000.

Robinson was booked into the Erie County Holding Center on Saturday and is being held without bail. He will appear in State Supreme Court, with Justice Penny M. Wolfgang presiding, for a pretrial conference Feb. 25.

If convicted as charged, Robinson could face a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in prison.