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A Buffalo man whose trial on murder, attempted murder and weapons charges ended with a mistrial in May due to juror misconduct is scheduled to be tried again in October. Jury selection will begin Oct. 16 in Lemuele T. Jackson's new murder trial, the judge, prosecutors and defense attorneys decided in Erie County Court on Monday. Jackson, 32, has been accused of a…

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The family of Rachael Wierzbicki was incensed when her alleged killer was freed on bail. If Shane Casado's new attorneys have their way, Casado will again be out of jail. Defense lawyers will make the application at the motion return date of July 29, defense attorney Teo X. Siguenza said during a pretrial hearing Tuesday morning before State Supreme Court Justice Joh…

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A Buffalo man has admitted guilt in connection to injuring his 2-month-old daughter in the fall of 2017, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 18-year-old Ziaire Davis pleaded guilty Monday before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to first-degree assault, a violent felony and the highest charge in the indictment against him. Davi…

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An Amherst man pleaded guilty Thursday before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to one count of course of sexual conduct against a child, a violent felony, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 65-year-old Anthony Mendola admitted to engaging in a course of sexual conduct over a period of time between 2015 and 2017, which included c…

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A 30-year-old Buffalo man has admitted having sexual contact with a child younger than 11 years old, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Matthew Negroni Sr. pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a class B felony. Negroni admitted to at least one act of oral sexual conduct over a period of time …

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An Erie County jury Friday found a Buffalo man guilty of first-degree manslaughter in a fatal shooting last summer on the Thruway, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that on July 9, 22-year-old Juan Colon fatally shot 26-year-old Angel Marcial Jr., of Buffalo, as he was driving on the I-190 North, near the Niagara Street exit, in B…

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A man pleaded guilty Monday in Erie County Court to stealing $32,550 from the Boys and Girls Club of Western New York, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. Vern Lockridge, 44, who was in business as Close2daedge Technology Inc., admitted he failed to supply the organization with 42 laptops as part of a state grant awarded to the club, prosecutors said in a n…

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A Buffalo man accused of killing his mother two days before Christmas was arraigned on an indictment charging him with second-degree murder, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. Gus D. Oldham, 39, was arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan. He was also indicted on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Oldham…

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A Lackawanna man pleaded guilty Monday before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, in connection with a nonfatal shooting in 2018, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that, on May 3, 23-year-old Decarrio Sanders shot another man with a shortened, double-barrel…

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A Buffalo man was found guilty by an Erie County jury Friday of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a June 29 shooting on Burgard Place in Buffalo, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 22-year-old James Taylor, who remains held without bail, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when sentenced March 25 by…

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A Buffalo woman who admitted to coercing four teenage boys to commit five bank robberies on her behalf pleaded guilty in Erie County Court Friday to five counts of third-degree robbery, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 25-year-old Alexis Rose admitted that between Aug. 21 and Sept. 27, 2017, she supplied the boys — who ranged in …

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An Erie County jury Friday found 33-year-old Deshawn Whims, of no permanent address, guilty as charged on one count of criminal possession of marijuana in the first degree, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said, on April 12, members of the Erie County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at an apartment in Bennett Village Terrac…

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A Buffalo man faces a maximum of 15 years in prison following his guilty plea in connection with a July shooting that injured two men, one of whom was an off-duty Buffalo police officer, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Adrian Lias, 41, pleaded guilty Jan. 2 before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to first-degree assault and second-degr…

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A Williamsville man pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree sexual abuse, a violent felony, in Erie County Court, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said John Negrych, 39, admitted to subjecting a juvenile female to sexual contact by forcible compulsion in early 2018 in Amherst. Negrych faces a maximum of seven years in prison when he …

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A Buffalo man who sold drugs to a federal informant – on four separate occasions – was sentenced Wednesday in Erie County Court to eight years in jail, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Charles Watkins, 36, had pleaded guilty in November 2018 to four counts of second-degree felony criminal sale of a controlled substance. On the four separate occas…