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Black Rock man, described as menace admits to attempted murder, other crimes

A Black Rock man described as a menace to the community pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to four separate crimes committed over a six-month period.

Brandon Frontuto, 21, admitted to charges of attempted murder in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of attempted burglary in the third degree.

Frontuto shot and wounded a mechanic during a robbery at a Hinman Avenue automotive repair garage on Nov. 13. The bullet hit the victim in the leg.

Frontuto in November burglarized the Pierce Arrow building on Elmwood Avenue, stealing tools and other property.

Before those thefts, he burglarized a home in Cheektowaga on Sept. 7.

And on Feb. 18, he was arrested when Buffalo Police found a sawed-off shotgun in his car during a traffic stop.

Justice M. William Boller set sentencing for June 27, when Frontuto, who has a prior criminal record, faces a minimum of 18 years in prison.

Assault charges are pending against Frontuto’s older brother, Jeremy D. Frontuto, 25, who has been charged in a shooting that occurred near in the vicinity of Kail and Austin streets in Black Rock on Jan. 17. That victim also suffered a leg wound.

Following the arrests, Capt. Joseph A. Gramaglia of the homicide division praised the work of the investigating officers.

“For years, the Frontuto brothers have been very well known to the Northwest patrol officers,” he said. “It’s good for that area to see them taken off the streets.”


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