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During a heated family argument, a man is sucker punched while holding his 14-month-old daughter. He pulls out a gun. He shoots once, and shoots again, killing his former stepfather. A murder trial results in a hung jury. A second one does, too. Both times, some jurors sided with a father defending himself, some said the second shot was not justified. The unusual and…

Crime

A Buffalo man who burglarized nine gas stations in three counties over a 10-day period was committed Friday to an indeterminate sentence of 8 to 16 years in prison by State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. The District Attorney's Office said between Oct. 17 and Oct. 27, 2017, James Trala, 31, and his half-…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man who pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in an April 30 shooting was sentenced Thursday to 3 1/2 years in prison, followed by five years of post-release supervision, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Tanaja Whittaker, 18, fired his weapon at the victim while the victim was parked in the victim's driveway, according to the District…

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A Queens man who was part of a multi-state prostitution business that operated across the eastern United States, including in the Tonawandas, was sentenced Friday to serve six months in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. LiangLiang Guo, 32, was convicted of conspiracy to use interstate facilities to promote prostitution and transporting individuals in inte…

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A Delaware man who traveled to Buffalo to engage in sexual activity with a teenager was sentenced Friday to 70 months in prison, according to federal prosecutors. Austin Campbell, 46, of Smyrna, Del., also was sentenced to 10 years supervised release upon the completion of his prison term for interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Accordin…

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A Buffalo man who was convicted on drug possession charges was sentenced Friday to 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, according to the U.S. Attorney's office Charles Newkirk, 34, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 10 grams or more of butyryl fentanyl. The U.S. Attorney's office said that between June …

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A man who was convicted of selling heroin was sentenced Friday to 12 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Adalberto Cruz, 28, of Puerto Rico, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who han…

Crime

A Cheektowaga man convicted of attempted assault was sentenced to two to four years in prison by State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. In March 2016, Jonathan Williams was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend after he struck her in the face with a crowbar, the District Attorney's Office sai…

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A Mexican national who was deported then convicted of illegally re-entering the United States after a conviction for an aggravated felony, was sentenced to one-year time served by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara Armando Navarrete-Dominguez, 29, was taken into police custody Feb. 15, 2017, following a traffic stop on Grand Island, according to the U.S. Attorney's o…

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A Buffalo man is headed to prison for more than five years because he refused to testify in a murder trial after initially providing key evidence to authorities. And the U.S. Attorney's Office hopes the sentence sends a message to other would-be witnesses. Jeffrey Mills, 47, had earlier been convicted of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he reneged on a pledge…

A Cheektowaga man convicted on drug charges was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail by Cheektowaga Town Judge Paul Piotrowski. Michael R. Richardson, 28, was arrested March 22 after Cheektowaga police executed a search warrant at his East Grand Boulevard residence and found drugs and drug paraphernalia. Richardson was charged with criminal possession of a controlled …

A Buffalo man convicted of having sex with a minor was sentenced Thursday to a maximum 35 years in prison, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. In May, a jury found Robert Healy, 37, guilty of three counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual act and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, the District Attorney'…

A Buffalo man was sentenced to 46 months in prison following his conviction on charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and being a felon in possession of ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Buffalo Police entered the Virginia Street home of Jose Dejesus, 35, on Nov. 10, 2016, and seized from a rear bedroom 16 envelopes containing heroin, …