BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Several people were arrested shortly after two Buffalo teenagers learned their punishment for violently killing a cab driver.
Cameras weren’t allowed inside the courtroom, which was packed. Justice Russel Buscaglia told Maurice Howie and Sean Austin that they terrorized a neighborhood before killing the 55-year-old beloved cab driver. He sentenced them both to the maximum: up to life in prison.
Last year prosecutors say the pair of then 16-year-olds violently robbed several food delivery men and cab drivers, before one morning, they killed cab driver Mazen Abdullah, shooting him twice in the head.
Several people there for the teens shouted inside and outside of court, and were escorted out.
“Free my brother,” said Tanya Austin. “I love him to death, I don’t care about the time they give him. He will be home, forget anybody who thinks he did anything, because he didn’t. Forget the 12 jurors, forget the judge, forget anybody who has anything negative to say about my brother.”
“He didn’t do nothing. He’s getting the wrong amount of time, for the wrong thing, and he’s done nothing to nobody.”
Sean Austin’s sentence totals out to 60 years to life when you factor in the robbery sentences. Howie’s sentence totals out to 35 years to life, which means they both could be eligible for parole in 36 or 60 years. It doesn’t mean they will be let out on parole.
Ten people were taken into custody by officers outside of court after the sentencing and charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest and harassment. It’s unclear whether the situation is related to the sentencing of Austin and Howie.