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A Buffalo man who went to prison for killing a convicted child molester, pleaded guilty in City Court to one count of endangering the welfare of a child, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said Thursday. Prosecutors said 39-year-old Richard Tyes, who was convicted of manslaughter in the 2001 shooting death of Robert Tatu, an aide to former Mayor James D. Griffin…

Amherst

Erie County's district attorney found a loophole in the state's new bail reform law that will help keep three burglary suspects in custody on attempted second-degree burglary charges. The state's new bail reform – which took effect Jan. 1 – is supposed to eliminate pretrial detention and the imposition of cash bail for many nonviolent crimes. A spokeswoman for the Di…

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Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi has sentenced a Williamsville man to a year in jail, for striking and seriously injuring a pedestrian while driving drunk, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 51-year-old Michael Eddo was driving while under the influence of alcohol on Feb. 16, 2019, when he hit a pedestrian who was walking alo…

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A Buffalo man who was charged in connection with a double shooting pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to three felonies – second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of second-degree assault – according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. On March 30, 2019, Elon Fitzgerald, 25, fired several shots into an occupie…

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A Hamburg restaurant owner who admitted that he failed to pay New York State sales taxes for four years has been sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 60-year-old James Rath, owner of the Wanakah Grill, admitted that he failed to pay $40,662 in stat…

City of Tonawanda

A Buffalo man was indicted Wednesday in the August 2019 felony assault of a City of Tonawanda man in an incident that was described by police as "unprovoked and despicable." Avery D. Hunter, 24, was arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case on second-degree assault charges, said the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors say Hunter delivered an …

Buffalo

A Buffalo man who fled the scene of a high-speed, hit-and-run crash that injured another driver pleaded guilty to assault charges Monday afternoon, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Larry Jones, 42, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault charges before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. Jones pleaded guilty to the highest c…

Cheektowaga

A West Falls man has pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi to one count of forcible touching, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that 54-year-old Andrew Amato admitted that late in the evening on Nov. 14, 2014, and into the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2014, he intentionally and forcibly touched a woman in…

Crime

A Blasdell man has been sentenced to two years in prison for the sexual abuse of children, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Johnny Castro III, 22, was sentenced Tuesday by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to the two-year prison term followed by 10 years of postrelease supervision. Castro will be required to register as a sex offender…

Buffalo

A Cheektowaga man has been charged with first-degree assault after allegedly shooting a fast-food manager early Sunday morning, the Erie County District Attorney's office announced  Monday. Anthony B. Jones, 44, was arraigned before City Court Judge Barbara Johnson-Lee on the felony assault charge. Prosecutors say that at 4:20 a.m. Sunday, Jones was involved in a ver…

Amherst

An East Amherst man has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to a three-year conditional discharge, following his Oct. 30 guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. As part of his sentence, 36-year-old Brent Dewitt must perform 100 hours of c…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree assault for a high-speed crash in December 2018 that injured a passenger and two police officers, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Andre Goldsmith, 30, pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek to one count of first-degree assault, which was the highest count in the ind…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man who had pleaded guilty to the rape of a mentally disabled woman was sentenced to five years in prison, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. Blaine Boyer, 43, was sentenced Friday by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case to a determinate sentence of five years in prison followed by 10 years of post-release supervision. Prosecutors …

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A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Thursday in Erie County Court to second-degree attempted assault for recklessly driving an all-terrain vehicle over a Buffalo Police officer, while the officer was on bicycle patrol at the Juneteenth festival. According to the Erie County District Attorney's Office, 40-year-old Cornelius Caddele faces a maximum of four years in prison when h…

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A Buffalo man accused of fatally stabbing his live-in girlfriend has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to nine years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision. According to the Erie County District Attorney's Office, 53-year-old Eiras Oviedo caused the death of his girlfriend, 57-year-old Alina Vega-Lantaron, by stabbing …