Jury Finds Buffalo Man Guilty in Wyoming Avenue Shooting

Modified: October 18, 2018 3:04pm

10/18/2018

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces a jury has found 34-year-old Sandy Jones of Buffalo guilty on one count of Assault in the First Degree and one count of Criminal Possession in the Second Degree following a six day trial. The defendant was convicted on all counts in the indictment against him.

On September 4, 2017, at approximately 12:33 p.m., Buffalo Police responded to a report of a man shot on Wyoming Avenue. While driving to the scene, dispatch notified the officers that a shooting victim drove himself to ECMC from Wyoming Avenue and left his car in the ramp of the emergency department. The victim was treated for gunshot wounds to his abdomen and left wrist.

Shortly after the shooting on Wyoming Avenue, police received a 911 call of a second shooting victim at an address Thatcher Avenue, approximately one mile away from the first shooting. Police found the defendant sitting on the front porch of the home, bleeding from a gunshot wound to his stomach. The defendant insisted that he was shot in the vicinity of the Thatcher Avenue address. He was taken to ECMC to be treated for the injury.

The victim testified that he was returning home from the grocery store when the defendant approached his vehicle armed with a gun in each hand. The victim pulled one of the guns away from the defendant and was subsequently shot with the other gun. After being shot, the victim fired a shot at the defendant, who returned fire. When the defendant fled, the victim drove himself to the hospital.

Jones, second violent felony offender, faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia on Wednesday, December 5 at 9:30 a.m.

DA Flynn commends the investigative work of Buffalo Police Detectives Joy Jermaine and Brendan Kiefer.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lauren Nash of the DA’s Tactical Prosecution Unit and Assistant District Attorney Alicia M. Lilley of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.