Buffalo Police Cell Block Attendant Arraigned for Off-Duty Domestic Violence Incident

Modified: March 31, 2021 12:15pm

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3/31/2021

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 27-year-old Eric R. Pinkston of Buffalo was arraigned yesterday afternoon before Buffalo City Court Judge Lenora Foot-Beavers on one count of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree (Class “D” felony) and one count of Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree (Class “A” misdemeanor).

It is alleged that on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at approximately 12:26 a.m., the defendant was involved in a verbal dispute with the victim at a residence on Zelmer Street in the City of Buffalo. The defendant is accused of firing multiple shots from a legal handgun into the air outside of the home. It is further alleged that the defendant returned inside the house where he threatened the victim by pointing the gun at her.

Pinkston is scheduled to return on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. He was released on his own recognizance.

If convicted on all charges, Pinkston faces up to 7 years in prison.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department for their work in the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Chief Stephen C. Earnhart of the Buffalo City Court Bureau.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.