Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 25 year-old Angel A. Pino, III, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty, as charged, to Assault in the Second Degree before County Court Judge Michael F. Pietruszka. This is the highest charge for which Pino could have been convicted had he gone to trial.
Pino’s conviction stems from his March 24, 2012 arrest after he slashed a victim’s throat with a knife during an altercation at a party on Meech Avenue. The defendant accosted 23 year old Alister Bouvart of Laird Street, Buffalo in a stairwell, put a knife to his throat and threatened to kill the victim if he ever spoke to his cousin again. Pino then sliced his neck with the knife and fled the scene. The defendant was apprehended less than an hour after the assault by the Buffalo Police Department.
Pino faces a maximum prison term of 7 years when he is sentenced before the Honorable Michael F. Pietruszka on September 23, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. The case was successfully prosecuted Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Jurusik.