Buffalo Man Sentenced On Gun And Attempted Murder Charges

Modified: August 29, 2016 9:23pm

8/24/2016

Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty, Jr. announces that 39-year-old Sandro Tirado has been sentenced to 26 years in prison by Erie County Court Judge Thomas P. Franczyk for two separate criminal acts that took place within weeks of each other. 

In June, a jury convicted Tirado of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in theSeventh Degree.  

On April 29, 2015, the defendant entered the home of 39-year-old Davina Vazquez and tried to shoot her boyfriend, but the gun did not fire. 

When Vazquez tried to defend her boyfriend, Tirado shot Vazquez in the right arm and then in the face. Vazquez’ four-year-old daughter watched the shooting. Vazquez survived the shooting, but still has a .22 caliber bullet lodged next to her spine. 

A few weeks earlier, Buffalo Narcotics Detectives raided the defendant’s room and found cocaine.  They also spotted Tirado throwing a .40 caliber pistol from the second floor window 

Acting DA Flaherty commends Buffalo Police Homicide Detectives Daniel Redmond, Christopher Sterlace and Reginald Minor for their thorough investigation. 

Felony Trials Chief Paul J. Glascott and Assistant District Attorney Erin E. Hart prosecuted the case.