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Defendant pleads guilty for fatally injuring his father-in-law who attempted to stop him during assault on his estranged wife


Tue, May 7th 2024 01:15 pm

Submitted by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office

Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Keane announced 41-year-old Mohammed Mia of Buffalo pleaded guilty yesterday morning before State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges to one count of manslaughter in the first degree (class “B” violent felony). The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge in full satisfaction of the indictment against him.

On Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the defendant, while knowingly in violation of an existing order of protection, unlawfully entered the home of his estranged wife in the City of Buffalo. Once inside the house, the defendant slapped, punched and choked the victim while making threats. The defendant also assaulted the victim’s parents as they attempted to intervene during the attack. The defendant repeatedly punched and kicked the victim’s father after throwing him to the floor.

After the defendant fled in his vehicle, the victim called 911. The victim’s father was unconscious when paramedics arrived. He was taken by ambulance to ECMC with severe head trauma. The victim and her mother were also taken to ECMC where they received treatment for cuts and bruises to their face and body. Both surviving victims also suffered broken teeth.

Later the same day, the defendant was arrested after he went to the E-District police station to report that he had been attacked by the three victims.

The victim’s father, 47-year-old Mohammed Hossain, later died from his injuries on Oct. 27, 2021.

Mia faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday, June 26. He remains held without bail. Orders of protection issued on behalf of the surviving victims remain in effect.

Keane commends the Buffalo Police Department homicide unit and special victims unit for their work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Noha A. Elnakib of the major crimes bureau and Assistant District Attorney Rebecca A. Fioravanti of the special victims/domestic violence bureau.

If you or someone you know is a victim or may be at-risk of domestic violence, help is available through the BE SAFE domestic violence victim advocacy program. While our staff specializes in trauma-informed support and victim advocacy following the arrest of an offender, you do not need to have a pending criminal case to speak with an advocate and access services. For more information on BE SAFE, call 716-858-4630 or visit www.erie.gov/besafe.

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