Jury Finds Defendant Guilty of Rape

Modified: March 16, 2020 11:34am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that a jury has found 20-year-old Noble Smith of Buffalo guilty of one count of Rape in the First Degree, a Class “B” violent felony, one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a Class “D” felony, and one count of Rape in the Third Degree, a Class “E” felony. The jury rendered their decision on Friday, March 13, 2020 after two days of deliberation following a trial that lasted more than two weeks. 

On August 26, 2018, at approximately 1:00 a.m., the defendant engaged in sexual conduct and intercourse by forcible compulsion with a victim at a location in the City of Buffalo.

Smith faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced by Erie County Court Judge Suzanne Maxwell Barnes on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. He was held without bail.

DA Flynn commends Investigator Therese Banas and members of the SUNY at Buffalo Police Department for their work in the investigation. DA Flynn also commends Dr. Joseph De Nagy, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Mary Burt, and the medical providers at ECMC.

The case was prosecuted by Chief Rosanne E. Johnson and Assistant District Attorney Cathleen M. Roemer of the DA’s Special Victims Unit.