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A Buffalo man who ignited a house fire that killed his 7-year-old son pleaded guilty Friday to criminally negligent homicide – and he caught a break with that plea, the district attorney said. Joseph Conti's “conduct was so reckless that I could easily charge manslaughter in this case,” Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said after the plea hearing in State Sup…

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An Irish national pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. Court to improperly using another person's passport. Adam Doumbouya, a 30-year-old citizen of Ireland, faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison when sentenced Aug. 8 before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, Doumbouya on Nov. 19, 2017, attempted to …

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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 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 drug dealer pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to distribution of butyryl fentanyl. Steven Paschell, 48, faces a maximum 30 years in prison when Judge Richard J. Arcara sentences him June 4. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins said that on three occasions in late 2016 Paschell sold quantities of butyryl fentanyl to a confidential source wor…

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A man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to selling fentanyl to a confidential source working for federal agents, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Miguel Figueroa, 32, of Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 10 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing butyryl fentanyl and furanyl fentanyl…

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A Buffalo drug dealer pleaded guilty Wednesday to selling more than 40 grams of fentanyl to undercover federal drug enforcement officers. Michael Clark, 33, faces a minimum of five years to a maximum of 40 years in prison when he is sentenced April 30 before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. On three occasions during Ma…

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A Buffalo man who obtained images of child pornography over the internet that were later discovered by an undercover FBI agent faces a maximum 20 years in prison. Michael V. Secchiaroli, 32, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. Secchiaroli was found to possess images o…

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A Delaware man  pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to the crime of interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. Austin Campbell, 45, of Smyrna, Del., began communicating on a social networking application with an undercover agent, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Campbell was convinced that the agent was a 15-year-ol…

A Town of Tonawanda man faces a maximum 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to a charge of possession of child pornography, according to the U.S Attorney's Office. Randy Rance, 56, also faces a $250,000 fine if convicted on the charge, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Rance, in December 2016, distributed child pornography to an undercover investigator, th…

A Miami, Fla., woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and now faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. Yordani Ramirez Salgado, 28, who stood before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Friday, admitted to conspiring with two others to use 129 counterfeit access devices to purchase gift cards at various Walmart stories in Erie, Niagar…

A Niagara Falls man faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Antonio Carr, 24, is scheduled for sentencing on April 6 before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Carr had the weapon on July 28 when Niagara County probation officers performed a home visit at his girl…

A man from Puerto Rico who attempted to smuggle drugs into the U.S. from Canada at the Peace Bridge pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Joel Torres Diaz, 30, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years behind bars. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul C. P…

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A Chautauqua County man has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the death of a North Tonawanda woman while she riding a motorcycle on Route 20A in Wyoming County. The July 9 collision also left three other motorcyclists seriously injured, Chautauqua authorities said. As part of the plea, Joshua D. Huntress, 29, of Mayville, admitted that his actions caused th…

A 47-year-old Niagara Falls woman faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court on charges of attempting to cause a financial institution to fail to file a transaction report, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Georgina Fisher -- also known as Georgina Baratta -- was indicted on the charges by a federal grand jury in Januar…