Modified: February 28, 2020 3:14pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 19-year-old Josue Bermudez, also known as “Swizzle,” of Buffalo has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to 45 years to life in prison.
On March 8, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the defendant fatally shot 17-year-old Deron Allen with an illegal pistol in the vicinity of the North Buffalo Community Center on Sanders Road in the City of Buffalo. Two other teenagers were injured by gunfire, but recovered from their injuries.
Justice Buscaglia found Bermudez guilty of one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a Class “A-I” felony, two counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Class “B” felonies, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a Class “C” felony, on December 4, 2019.
DA Flynn commends the investigative work by the Buffalo Police Department, including Detective Sgt. Carl Lundin, Detective Adam Stephany and Detective Joy Jermain.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ashley M. Morgan of the DA’s Homicide Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Rachel L. Newton of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.