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BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Raymel Weeden, 25, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of discharge of a firearm causing death, was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The sentence will be served consecutive to a 10 year state sentence the defendant is currently serving for Robbery in the First Degree.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael P. Felicetta and Joseph M. Tripi, who handled the case, stated that on February 9, 2012, the defendant, a Bailey Boys Gang associate, along with Bailey Boys Gang member Rayshod Washington, attempted to rob Fred Rozier of drugs and money. During the course of the attempted robbery, when Fred Rozier resisted the robbery attempt, Weeden shot and killed Rozier.
The Bailey Boys Gang is a violent criminal gang which operates in an area of the City of Buffalo bounded by Winspear Avenue, the Kensington Expressway, Eggert Road and Main Street.
Rayshod Washington was previously convicted and sentenced to serve 144 months in prison.
Today’s sentencing is the result of an ongoing investigation on the part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in close cooperation with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney John Flynn; the Buffalo Police Department, under direction of Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood; the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, under the Direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy B. Howard; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Raymond P. Donovan, New York Field Division; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division.
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