Buffalo Man Sentenced for Fatally Shooting Victim in City's Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood

Modified: October 6, 2022 7:54am

10/6/2022

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 58-year-old Ruben P. Marchese of Buffalo was sentenced yesterday afternoon before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case to 16 years to life in prison.

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the defendant intentionally shot the victim multiple times with an illegal weapon on Grimes Street in the City of Buffalo. The victim, 44-year-old Carlos Perez-Torres, died at the scene.

Marchese pleaded guilty, as charged, to one count of Murder in the Second Degree (Class “A-I” felony) and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” violent felony) on June 4, 2021. The defendant pleaded guilty to the entire indictment against him on the day jury selection was set to begin for his upcoming trial.

DA Flynn commends Detective Sgt. William Cooley and Detective Patti Wrest of the Buffalo Police Homicide Squad for their work in this investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ryan D. Haggerty of the Homicide Bureau.