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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 Town of Collins woman has pleaded guilty to a second-degree vehicular manslaughter charge stemming from a September 2018 crash in which a 66-year-old Wyoming County man was killed. Allyson Rollek, 25, pleaded guilty to the highest possible charge Friday before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. The Sept. 29, 2018,…

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A Lackawanna man was sentenced Thursday to two to four years in prison for an incident in which he used a gun to keep a victim in his apartment and attempted to strangle her, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. James Horace, 44, was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to an indeterminate sentence of 2 to 4 years. He had faced …

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A Cheektowaga woman pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree attempted murder in connection with a September 2018 incident which resulted in the death of her accomplice, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors say Vivian D. Rodriguez, 47, conspired with her cousin, Luis Pirela, in a plan to kill her boyfriend, Jesus Hernandez. In the early …

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A former University at Buffalo student accused of buying nearly $29,000 in train and bus tickets using other people's credit cards and then selling the tickets to friends, family and fellow students, was sentenced to five years of probation, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Atsu Bedjean, 20, of the Bronx, who pleaded guilty to third-degree a…

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On Dec. 13, an eyewitness to a 2017 murder was scheduled to testify about what he saw. But he never showed up in court. On Wednesday morning, authorities announced the arrest of the two Buffalo residents they said were responsible for keeping him away. Leonnes Davis, 20,  who is also known as “Man-Man,” was charged with one count of second-degree kidnapping as well a…

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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 was sentenced to 13 years in prison for a fatal shooting at a 2015 block party, the Erie County District Attorney's office announced Thursday. Cornelius Jones, 28, fatally shot 21-year-old Daquawn Griggs of Buffalo at a neighborhood block party on Montana Avenue on July 5, 2015. Jones pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter in August 20…

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A Buffalo woman who was convicted this year for the murder of her mother 13 years earlier was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in prison, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced. Lashawn Lewis, 40, was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns in a cold case that saw her indicted in 2017 for the murder of her mother, 50-year-old L…

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A Buffalo man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend was sentenced to 13 years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Tuesday. Tyron Fish, 27, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to first-degree attempted assault in April. Fish, who was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Russell …

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A North Tonawanda man who has been in and out of jail during a life of crime admitted Friday that he attempted to burglarize St. Timothy's Church in the Town of Tonawanda, the same church he stole from 11 years earlier. Robert Wasyl, 40, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted burglary Friday before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi, Erie County District Attorney…

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A jury has found a Buffalo man guilty of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon following a violent 2016 encounter in the city’s Kensington neighborhood, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Don Lewis, 45, faces up to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors said that on Nov. 24, 2016, a witness saw Lewis holding a gun and assaulting a woman at Fi…

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree assault for causing severe injuries to a toddler in his care. Marcel Brooks, 26, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced July 28 by State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller. According to the Erie County District Attorney's Office, Brooks was caring for his girlfriend's 22-month-old nephew…

A home health care aide has been been sentenced to five years of probation in Erie County Court for stealing money from an 82-year-old West Seneca woman. Mary Talbot, 54, of Cheektowaga, pleaded guilty in April to grand larceny in the third degree and five counts of forgery in the second degree. According to the Erie County District Attorney's Office, between January…