Sentencing for man who stabbed his half-brother postpined

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A man who admitted stabbing his half-brother to death on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation was set to be sentenced Friday, but his date before the judge was postponed.

Cody Testerman killed 20-year-old Jesse Seneca nearly two years ago in an open field off Brant Reservation Road. The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter and could face up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced. The court has not stated when Testerman’s new sentencing date will be.

Testerman’s then girlfriend, Jasmine Rios, is accused of helping him hide evidence of the July 2012 murder and providing false information to police.

Rios has been arraigned in Erie County Court on charges of conspiracy and hindering prosecution. The 19-year-old Silver Creek teen could face eight to 25 years in prison if convicted.

The motive for the murder remains unclear.

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