Erie County homicide convictions already more than double last year’s total

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County Acting District Attorney Michael Flaherty is proud of local prosecutors and law enforcement officers. The reason? The amount of homicide convictions so far this year.

In 2015, 13 people were convicted in Erie County homicide cases and 18 were in 2014. So far this year, 32 people have been convicted in homicide cases, and there are still four months to go.

“I am proud of my staff of Assistant District Attorneys who have worked diligently under my leadership to prosecute these serious cases,” Flaherty said. “A life lost is tragic enough, and I will stay committed to seeking justice for victims and their families.”

In the first seven months of 2016, the District Attorney’s Office handled 13,493 cases. In the same time period from 2015, 9,701 cases were opened, officials say.

“Of course, as I have observed many times, we have in Erie County several outstanding police agencies whose professional investigation of these violent crimes leads directly to the just prosecution of the guilty offenders,” Flaherty said.

Flaherty’s office released the data on Thursday.

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