Buffalo Man Facing 45 Felony Charges Has 15 Charges Dismissed & 29 Deadlocked. Convicted of a Lesser Charge.
A Buffalo man originally indicted as part of a slew of charges with a total of more than 200 counts for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a girl in 2020 was sentenced to 5 years in prison followed by 5 years of parole. After originally facing 45 charges, the client was charged with one count of kidnapping in the second degree following more than two days of deliberation after a six-day trial. Nine charges were dismissed, and the jury could not come to a unanimous decision on the 32 remaining counts of the indictment.
In the summer of 2021, 5 individuals, the client, 2 co-defendants, and 2 other minors were indicted on a 205 counts. The client, who faced a maximum of 25 years in prison, was originally accused as an 18-year-old of taking part in 2 attacks on a 16-year-old and an 11-year-old. On November 20, 2020 at approximately 7 p.m., the 16-year-old victim was abducted after she entered a vehicle with the client, of who she knew, along with 2 juvenile offenders who drove the victim to Potomac Park. The defendants then drove the victim to another location where they picked up 2 additional co-defendants. The client, along with the co-defendants drove the victim to another location on Dart Street in the City of Buffalo, where the victim was held against her will for several hours prior to escaping. Three of the five were also accused of breaking into a West Side home in September of 2020 and raping an 11-year-old. The client, originally accused of taking part in both attacks was only charged for involvement in the November 2020 incident.
The other 2 individuals involved in the indictment that were not tried in Family court, received a sentence of 10 years in prison and 10 years of parole. One pled guilty to first-degree rape and first-degree attempted rape. The other pled guilty to first-degree criminal sexual act. The two minors were tried in Family court following one pleading guilty to second-degree kidnapping.
Defense attorneys Daniel DuBois and Nicholas Texido asked the judge to consider their client's age at the time of the crime, as well as his background as a refugee.
When facing charges of this magnitude, there are many moving parts. Having a defense attorney that is experienced and seasoned in these types of cases is a major factor in the outcome of your case.
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Practice area(s): Criminal Defense