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Two Charged With Assault in Retaliatory Shooting That Injured an Innocent Bystander


09/19/2012

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 17 year old Kentie Crump of 81 Young, Cheektowaga and 22 year old Eric Smith of 715 Englewood, Tonawanda, will be arraigned at 9:30 this morning before Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia on an indictment charging them both with Assault in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. 

It is alleged that on August 5, 2012, Crump and Smith had a verbal argument with a 23 year old man over his cooperation with Buffalo Police Homicide Detectives in the investigation of a North Buffalo homicide that occurred on July 6, 2012.  In alleged retaliation for his cooperating with authorities, Smith handed Crump a loaded revolver and Crump fired the gun at the cooperating witness, grazing him, but ultimately striking an innocent bystander, 22 year old Sharlene Session of St. Lawrence Avenue, who suffered serious physical injury.  It should be noted that  Ezeiekile Nafi and Demetrius Huff  are indicted for Murder in the Second Degree for their alleged role in the July 6, 2012 homicide of 17 year old Darren Brown, who was repeatedly stabbed and set afire. 

If convicted of these crimes Crump and Smith each face a maximum prison sentence of 25 years.