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Two-time felon gets maximum sentence for killing Buffalo neighbor

A parolee who admitted shooting a neighbor to death during a botched robbery attempt received the maximum possible sentence Tuesday morning in State Supreme Court.

Demario Washington, 39, previously pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter in the death of Elroy Damidaux, who was killed outside his Towne Gardens apartment on Jan. 29. Washington previously told Justice Christopher J. Burns that he was not intending to fire his weapon when he took a shotgun to confront some people who were socializing. He said he panicked when people started moving and fired. Damidaux was hit once in the chest.

It was unclear if Washington even knew Damidaux, 55, a disabled retiree who was a longtime resident of the complex.

Washington was still on parole at the time of the shooting, after speding two years in prison for a 2012 assault conviction.

With a sentencing range of a possible 10 to 25 years, the judge opted to impose the maximum sentence of 25 years plus five years post release supervision.

Erie County Assistant District Attorney Gary W. Hackbush prosecuted the case.

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