Man convicted of killing elderly church deacon denied second appeal; will serve sentence

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Buffalo man involved in the death of an elderly man whose home he invaded lost an appeal in court.

In 2012, Shaquar Pratcher, 21, and three others invaded the home of 96-year-old Levi Clayton, an elderly church deacon. During the invasion, prosecutors say the four assaulted Clayton, causing him eight facial fractures.

Four months later, Clayton died. A medical examiner said that the assault contributed to his death.

Pratcher was convicted of murder and burglary in May of 2014, and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

He later tried to appeal his sentence when officials tried to reexamine if Pratcher actually caused Clayton’s death. In December, enough evidence showed that Pratcher was a factor in the elderly man’s death.

Pratcher was denied a second appeal on July 1, and will continue to serve his sentence. 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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