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Buffalo man pleads guilty to shooting owner of Clarence restaurant

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty to shooting a Clarence restaurant owner he had worked for as well as other charges, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said Thursday.

Christopher Boyd, 30, who appeared in Erie County Court, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder, the DA's Office said.

Christopher Boyd (State Police photo)

Boyd also pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree burglary, three counts of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property, the DA's Office said.

Boyd robbed and shot Alexander J. Pozantidis, 44, owner of Zoe Restaurant on Transit Road late the evening of Sept. 4, 2016.

Pozantidis had just closed his restaurant at 5711 Transit and was walking to the parking lot with a briefcase filled with cash from the day’s business when he was approached by the gunman. The gunman demanded the briefcase and investigators said Pozantidis complied. Then the gunman fired two shots and fled with the money.

Pozantidis’ wife was in the parking lot waiting for her husband when she heard the shots, found him wounded and went into the restaurant to call 911 for help, police said.

On July 28, 2016, Boyd burglarized a home on Riverside Drive and assaulted the homeowner, officials said.

Boyd faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 12, officials said.

Owner of Zoe on Transit Road robbed, shot after closing

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