Buffalo Man Sentence In Fatal Barbershop Shooting

Modified: June 3, 2016 6:41pm

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Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty, Jr. announces that 25-year-old Luis Oliveras-Arvelo a/k/a “Chino” of Buffalo has been sentenced to 23 years in prison by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns.

In April 2016, Oliveras-Arvelo pleaded guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree in connection with the death of 29-year-old Juan Santiago.

On September 1, 2015, Oliveras-Arvelo shot to death Santiago inside of a barbershop located at 577 Niagara Street, Buffalo. Ten minutes before the shooting, the victim had allegedly threatened the defendant with a machete and the shooting appears to have been in retaliation.

Acting DA Flaherty commends the outstanding investigative work of Buffalo Police Department Detectives Joy Jermain and Scott Malec of the Homicide Squad. 

Senior Litigation Counsel Thomas Finnerty and Assistant District Attorney Meghan Leydecker prosecuted the case.