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Disproportionate Response to Disrespectful Look Results in Ex-Con’s Swift Conviction


Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 46 year-old Anthony Carter of 102 Massachusetts Avenue, Buffalo, was convicted, as charged, by an Erie County Court jury of Assault in the Second Degree before Senior County Court Judge Michael L. D’Amico.

Carter’s conviction stems from his September 20, 2012 attack upon Alton Cooley on Massachusetts Avenue in the City of Buffalo.  Carter stabbed Cooley in the face and leg because Cooley gave him a “disrespectful” look. Carter’s defense attorney claimed his client, a convicted felon, acted in self-defense but the jury apparently discounted that pretense, returning their guilty verdict after deliberating for about an hour.              

Carter faces a maximum prison term of 7 years when he is sentenced before the Honorable Michael L. D’Amico on September 11, 2013 at 9:30a.m.  The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John P. Gerken, Jr.