District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announces that 17 year-old Homer Barney, 17 year-old Damari Phillips, 17 year-old Quashaun Moore, 18 year-old Edward Magby IV, 17 year-old Darvin Whitely, and 19 year-old Jaquan Woodard, as well as three juvenile defendants, pleaded guilty to Assault in the Second Degree, a felony, in connection with the May 16, 2013 beating of 66 year-old James LeGrand at Shoshone Park in North Buffalo.
The teens viciously attacked LeGrand, a longtime employee for the Mayor’s Impact Team, while he attempted to break up a fight between two Bennett High School students. The teenage thugs knocked LeGrand to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked him as he tried to cover himself from their continuous blows.
The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Paul Parisi, who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Tactical Prosecution Unit, and Assistant District Attorney Danielle Soluri, who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau. DA Sedita also credited the professional investigation led by Buffalo Police Department Detectives Margaret Dragone and Carl Lundin.
These defendants face up to seven years in state prison when sentenced on January 15, 2014, by Erie County Court Thomas P. Franczyk. The juveniles will be sentenced by an Erie County Family Court judge, in light of their age, and could face up to eighteen months placement in a juvenile delinquent facility.