Amherst Man Sentenced for the Murder of His Roommate's Boyfriend

Modified: March 22, 2019 1:01pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 26-year-old Dydisci Martin of Amherst has been sentenced by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case to an indeterminate sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

On July 28, 2017, the defendant fatally shot his roommate’s boyfriend, 48-year-old Leon “Bruno” Nelson, Jr. of Buffalo, and hid the body in the basement of the home on May Street in the City of Buffalo.

A jury found Martin guilty on one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a Class “A” felony. The defendant was convicted of the only charge in the indictment against him following a two-week trial. Jurors rendered their verdict on Friday, January 28, 2019 after one hour of deliberations.

“The family of the victim asked for the maximum sentence, and I am pleased that the judge granted their request,” said Erie County District Attorney John Flynn. “This was a senseless crime and I hope the family of Mr. Nelson feels that justice was served today.”

DA Flynn commends the thorough investigative work by the Buffalo Police Homicide Squad, including Det. Joy Jermain, Det. Patty Wrest and Det. Sgt. Carl Lundin.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Langenfeld of the DA’s Tactical Prosecution Unit and Assistant District Attorney Justin T. Wallens of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.