Man who shot a Buffalo native in the head will spend 18 years behind bars

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Just under a year ago, Buffalo native Cesar Ramirez-Davila died after being shot in the head, and Tuesday his killer learned he would head to prison for 18 years.

Officers in Florida arrested Jonathan Roman, the man who pulled the gun’s trigger, just weeks after Ramirez-Davila died. Police say he fled Buffalo only a short time after moving to the Queen City to be near his brother.

Roman’s defense said in the altercation, he only fired off his handgun to protect his brother, who argued with Ramirez-Davila at a house party the three attended on Hudson Street on Nov. 23, 2014. As the argument became violent, Roman pulled his gun and fired at Ramirez-Davila’s head.

In September, Roman pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter. He returned to court on Tuesday for sentencing, where he learned he will spend 18 years behind bars for killing a man.

Throughout Roman’s case, some spoke out in his defense, saying he did not have a violent history but came from a troubled home. Prosecutors said despite his history, he chose to shoot a man, and he will serve time for it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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