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A Buffalo woman was sentenced Wednesday to 3 1/2 years in prison for her role in the beating death of an East Side restaurant owner nearly two years ago, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Shanita Chapman, 31, was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. Chapman is one of three co-defendants charged in the robbery and beating …

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A Buffalo man faces a maximum of 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of  second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Jose Gonzalez, 47, pleaded guilty to the highest count in the indictment against him, prosecutors said. He is set to be sentenced July 5. On Oct. 21, 2016, Buffalo Police, wi…

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A Buffalo man was sentenced to 13 1/2 years in prison, followed by five years of post-release supervision for his guilty plea to first-degree manslaughter in the death of a Buffalo man, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Friday. Peter Isaacs, 38, strangled 46-year-old Preston German of Buffalo on Oct. 23, 2017 inside a vacant house on West Avenue on Bu…

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An Alden man accused of shaking his infant son, causing serious injuries, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of reckless assault of a child, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office Joseph Jurek  faces a maximum of seven years in prison when he is sentenced July 5. Jurek remains in jail without bail. On Jan. 7, New York State Police responded to a m…

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A Buffalo man who, in April, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of an acquaintance a year and a half ago was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. William Hemphill Jr., 32, admitted that he stabbed Paul Held, 52, on Sept. 2, 2016. Held's body was found that morning in a lot …

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A Buffalo man caught with a loaded gun and a large amount of heroin laced with fentanyl in his apartment pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. David Moore, 44, faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced July 3…

A Buffalo tax preparer accused of submitting fraudulent returns on behalf 35 clients pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal tax fraud Friday in State Supreme Court. Dorothea Fleming, 54, was employed as a tax preparer at Pro-File Tax and Insurance Coalition, formerly known as Capital Tax Service, on Hertel Avenue. Fleming's deceit resulted in $10,618 in unwarranted ref…

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A Buffalo man who drove the getaway vehicle in a fatal 2016 shooting at the Anchor Bar was convicted Friday by a jury of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. On May 20, 2016, Gregory Ramos, 27, and the shooter, Jorge Suarez, 27, also of Buffalo, drove to the Anchor Bar on Main Street. Suarez e…

A Lackawanna tobacco wholesaler pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal tax fraud and criminal possession of a weapon charges in State Supreme Court, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. The District Attorney's Office said between Jan. 14, 2014, and April 30, 2016, Mohamed Alabadi, 55, significantly underreported the amount of tobacco products imported by his co…

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A Lakeview man was sentenced Monday to 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty to a felony DWI charge and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. The sentence for Matthew Thomas, 33, the maximum allowed, will run consecutive to a violation of probation charge to which Thomas also pleaded guilt…

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A Buffalo man was found guilty on rape and sex abuse charges Friday in Erie County Court, the District Attorney's Office said. Hu Sin, 39, was convicted of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and third-degree rape in connection with an attack May 25, 2017, on his sister-in-law. Sin entered the woman's apartment and proceeded to rape her in front of her 4-year-o…

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A Lackawanna drug dealer Monday pleaded guilty to drugs and weapons possession charges in Erie County Court. Jose Bonilla, 48, pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Michael Pietruszka to three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of fourth-degree criminal po…

A Buffalo man faces a maximum nine years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in Erie County Court to three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. According to the District Attorney's Office, Heriberto Rivera-Marti Jr., 22, on separate dates between Feb. 9 and March 6, 2017, sold a mixture of…

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Two Buffalo men pleaded guilty Wednesday to the highest possible charges in a felony drug and weapons possession case, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Andre Davis, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon before Erie County Court Judge James Ba…

A Cheektowaga man accused of allegedly assaulting his defense attorney while the two were meeting at the Erie County Holding Center a week ago was arraigned on criminal charges Friday in Buffalo City Court, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Mark Dublino, 54, was charged with one count of felony assault while confined in a correctional facility…