Man sentenced to 25 to life for murder of friend

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing his friend.

Erik Donaldson was found guilty by jury in August of second degree murder for the death of Christian Thomas, 22, of Buffalo.

Thomas’ body was found in an area between two houses on Montana Street in April 2008.

Thomas had been missing since Dec. 2007. He was found shot in the face and back. 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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