17-Year-Old Pleads Guilty In Double Shooting Of Two 16-Year-Olds

Modified: December 6, 2017 12:54pm

11/27/2017

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 17-year-old Lawren Goins of Buffalo has pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree and one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree in the double shooting of two 16-year-olds. 

On October 13, 2016, in the vicinity of Leroy Avenue and Hill St. in Buffalo, the defendant, who was 16-years-old at the time, shot and killed 16-year-old Kristian Piazza and shot and injured then16-year-old Terrell Lockett of Buffalo. 

Goins faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced by Justice Burns on January 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. 

DA Flynn credits the thorough investigative work of the Buffalo Police Homicide Squad, including Detectives Daniel Redmond, John Garcia and Antonio Borrelli. 

Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Smith of the DA’s Homicide Bureau is prosecuting the case.