April Buffalo Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty As Charged

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BUFFALO, NY – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 19-year-old Sevehn J. Venable, also known as “Tuka,” of Buffalo pleaded guilty today before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to the following charges:

  • One count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Class “B” felony
  • One count of Assault in the First Degree, Class “B” felony
  • One count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Class “C” felony
  • One count of Intimidating a Victim or Witness in the Third Degree, Class “E” felony

The defendant, who virtually appeared in court, pleaded guilty to all charges in the indictment against him.

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On April 8, 2020, at approximately 11:16 p.m., the defendant shot a victim, who was sitting inside a vehicle, with an illegal gun on Madison Street in the City of Buffalo. The victim was taken to ECMC to be treated for a serious injury. The defendant also intimidated a witness to the crime by making threats over the phone.

Venable faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. He remains held without bail.


DA Flynn commends Detectives Erin McCarthy and Anthony LaPiana of the Buffalo Police Department and E District patrol officers for their work in the investigation.

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The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Patrick B. Shanahan of the DA’s Tactical Prosecution Unit and Assistant District Attorney Christine O. Murray of the DA’s Justice Courts Bureau.

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