Jury Convicts Gunman and Getaway Driver in East Side Homicide

Modified: December 23, 2019 10:02am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that a jury has found 28-year-old Montek Mastin of Buffalo guilty, as charged, of one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a Class “A-1” felony, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a Class “C” violent felony.

The jury also convicted 24-year-old Jamal Young of Buffalo of one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. He was found not guilty of the murder charge.

Both defendants were found guilty on December 19, 2019 after approximately 9 hours of deliberation following a nearly two week trial.

On July 14, 2018, at approximately 7:00 p.m., Mastin shot 28-year-old Dion Donald, multiple times with a handgun as he was seated in the passenger seat of a parked vehicle at a gas station on the corner of Genesee Street and Crossman Avenue in the City of Buffalo. The victim died from his injuries at ECMC.

Young, who was charged as an accomplice to the crime, was the driver of the vehicle that drove away from the scene of the homicide.

Mastin faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison and Young faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when they are sentenced before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Both remain held without bail.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Homicide Squad for their work in this investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Eugene T. Partridge of the DA’s Homicide Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Matthew S. Szalkowski of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.