Shooting suspect pleads guilty for June murder in Buffalo

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BUFFALO, NY – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 23-year-old Franklin Andrews of Buffalo pleaded guilty this morning before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree (Class “C” felony) and one count of Criminal Possession of a Firearm (Class “E” felony). The defendant pleaded guilty to all counts in the indictment against him.

On Friday, June 18, 2021, at approximately 11:15 a.m., the defendant recklessly caused the death of 22-year-old Tyler Wasinger by shooting the victim in the chest with an illegal pistol. The incident occurred inside the defendant’s apartment on Hobart Street in the City of Buffalo. The victim died at the scene.

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Andrews faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. He continues to remain released on $100,000 bail previously posted in Buffalo City Court.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department Homicide Squad for their work in the investigation.  

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Matthew S. Szalkowski of the Major Crimes Unit.