Jury Finds Teen Guilty of Killing One, Injuring Another

Modified: April 25, 2018 9:22am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that a jury has found 19-year-old Jaylin Wiggins of Buffalo guilty of Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.

During early morning hours of August 4, 2016, Wiggins fired a gun on Maple Street in Buffalo, seriously injuring one person. An hour later, Wiggins fatally shot 22-year-old Laron Watkins of Buffalo on Sherman Street.

Wiggins faces a maximum of 50 years to life in prison when he is sentenced before Erie County Court Judge Michael Pietruszka on Tuesday, June 5 at 9:30 a.m.

“I would like to thank the jury for dedicating their time to this case,” said DA Flynn. “I hope that the family of Mr. Watkins and the others affected by this violence feel that justice has been served.”

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Homicide Squad for its investigative work, including Detectives Timothy Salamone and Patricia Wrest.

Assistant District Attorney Eugene T. Partridge III of the DA’s Homicide Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Danielle Phillips of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau prosecuted the case.