Jury Finds Defendant Guilty for Killing Man Inside Auto Repair Shop

Modified: June 15, 2021 9:56am

6/11/2021

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that a jury has found 38-year-old James J. Robbs, Jr. of Buffalo guilty, as charged, of one count of Murder in the Second Degree (Class “A-I” felony) and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” violent felonies).

On September 1, 2018, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the defendant shot 32-year-old Michael Jenkins, Jr. multiple times inside an auto repair shop on East Ferry Street near Ernst Avenue in the City of Buffalo. The victim died from his injuries.

Robbs faces a maximum of 40 years to life in prison when he is sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 9:30 am. He remains held without bail.

DA Flynn commends Det. Sgt. Carl Lundin and Det. Joy Jermaine of the Buffalo Police Department Homicide Squad for their work in the investigation and Case Manager Kimberly Rapp of the DA’s Victim Witness Services Bureau for her assistance with the family of the victim. 

The case was prosecuted by Chief Gary Hackbush and Assistant District Attorney Eugene T. Partridge, III of the Homicide Bureau.