Buffalo Woman Sentenced in Cold Case Homicide

Modified: November 8, 2018 12:23pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 40-year-old Lashawn Lewis of Buffalo has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to an indeterminate sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

On August 4, 2005, Lewis stabbed her mother, 50-year-old Lateyfa Lewis, more than 40 times throughout her body inside the victim’s home on Orange Street in the City of Buffalo.

A jury convicted Lewis, as charged, on one count of Murder in the Second Degree in September 2018.

“No matter how many years have passed, my office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute all cold case homicides committed in Erie County,” said DA Flynn.

DA Flynn commends the investigative work of retired Detective Mark Stambach and retired Detective Sgt. Patrick Murphy of the Buffalo Police Department Homicide Squad as well as Det. Mary Evans of the Cold Case Unit.

The case was prosecuted by Chief Gary W. Hackbush and Assistant District Attorney Ashley M. Morgan of the DA’s Tactical Prosecution Unit as well as Assistant District Attorney Eugene T. Partridge, III of the DA’s Homicide Bureau.