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Buffalo man gets 10 years for role in slaying of West Side barber

A Buffalo man who fired a bullet into the ceiling of a Niagara Street barbershop last September during a fatal attack on the barber was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison.

Victor Martinez, 29, of Busti Avenue, accompanied Luis “Chino” Oliveras Arvelo, 25, into the shop operated by Juan Ortiz Santiago on Sept. 1 after the other two men had argued.

Martinez reportedly was carrying a gun but only fired it into the air as a threat or warning. He pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Oliveras Arvelo pleaded guilty April 6 to first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting Ortiz Santiago. He will be sentenced before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns on June 2.

Prosecutors say the attack grew out of an earlier confrontation between the victim and Oliveras Arvelo. About 10 minutes before he was killed, Ortiz Santiago reportedly threatened Oliveras Arvelo with a machete because of a dispute involving the victim’s brother and a woman.

In addition to the 10 years in prison, Burns also ordered two and a half years of post-release supervision for Martinez.