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Buffalo man pleads guilty to manslaughter in shooting death of his friend

Mike Greer was drinking at his Orange Street home with Michael D. Atkins a day before Greer’s birthday last Sept. 10 when the two men got into an argument. The dispute escalated to the point where Greer got out a gun and shot his friend in the mouth.

Atkins, 32, died. Greer, who also goes by “Peanut,” was arrested eight days later and charged with second-degree murder.

Monday afternoon, a remorseful Greer, 44, pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to the lesser charge of first-degree manslaughter.

Assistant District Attorney Gary W. Hackbush, who is prosecuting the case, said the plea had been reviewed by the victim’s family and they approved of its conditions.

Judge Sheila A. DiTullio said that, based on her knowledge of the case, she will be considering a punishment range of anywhere from 10 to 25 years in prison when Greer returns for sentencing May 26.