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Buffalo man pleads guilty to manslaughter for fatally injuring victim in assault


Tue, May 23rd 2023 02:55 pm

Submitted by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced 23-year-old Lewis A. Keys of Buffalo pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon before State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek to one count of manslaughter in the first degree (class “B” violent felony). The defendant pleaded guilty, as charged, to the only count in the indictment against him.

On Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at approximately 10 p.m., the defendant assaulted the victim inside of an apartment building on the 100 block of Rodney Street in the City of Buffalo. The victim was repeatedly punched, kicked and dragged down the stairs from the apartment to the sidewalk.

The victim, 25-year-old Mikhail C. Scott, was taken by ambulance to ECMC where he died from his injuries. The Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the manner of death was homicide caused by blunt-force trauma to the head.

Keys faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on Monday, July 17. He continues to be held on bail set at $250,000 cash, bond or property.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department for its work in this investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Rebecca L. Schnirel of the homicide unit.


Two co-defendants were also indicted for their alleged involvement in the fatal assault. Both are charged with one count of manslaughter in the first degree.

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