Suspect in Grimes Street Tavern Shooting Pleads Guilty

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BUFFALO, NY – The suspect involved in a shooting a year ago at a tavern on Grimes Street has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, according to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn. 32-year-old Jonathan Williams, also known as “Blaze,” of Buffalo pleaded guilty Friday morning before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree (Class “B” violent felony).

According to police, on May 16, 2021, at approximately 1:30 a.m., the defendant intentionally shot the victim multiple times outside of a tavern on Grimes Street in the City of Buffalo. The victim, 48-year-old Thomas Martin, died at the scene.

Williams faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. He continues to remain held without bail.