Defendant Sentenced for Attempted Murder

Modified: July 20, 2020 8:50am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 23-year-old Joel Dean of Buffalo has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to a determinate sentence of 8 years in prison followed by 5 years of post-release supervision.

On September 29, 2019, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the defendant attempted to cause the death of another person by shooting him multiple times on the front porch of a home on Westminster Avenue in the City of Buffalo.

The victim was taken to ECMC to be treated for serious injuries, including a collapsed lung.

Dean pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a Class “B” violent felony, on February 24, 2020. He pleaded guilty to the highest count in the indictment against him.

DA Flynn commends Lt. John Pietrzak as well as Detectives Krug, Bonner, Miller, and Anderson of the Buffalo Police Department Gun Violence Unit for their work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Patrick B. Shanahan of the DA’s Tactical Prosecution Unit.