Gunman Pleads Guilty to Murder for Fatally Shooting Victim in City's Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood in 2019

Modified: June 4, 2021 1:32pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 56-year-old Ruben P. Marchese of Buffalo 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). The defendant pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon to the entire indictment against him on the day jury selection was set to begin for his upcoming trial.

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

Marchese faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. He remains held without bail.

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 and Assistant District Attorney James M. Marra of the Felony Trials Bureau.