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Buffalo man to stay in prison over beating death of elderly homeowner

Shaquar Pratcher lost his appeal
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Posted at 10:40 PM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 10:21:46-04

A Buffalo man involved in the attack that ultimately claimed the life of an elderly man will remain in prison.

It was announced Wednesday that Shaquar Pratcher's appeal was rejected.

Twenty-one-year-old Pratcher was convicted of second degree murder over the death of 96-year-old Levi Clayton in 2012.  While in the process of burglarizing Clayton's home on Longview Avenue in Buffalo, Pratcher and three others attacked the elderly man inflicting fatal injuries. 

Clayton died several weeks later, but the medical examiner determined the primary cause of death was the attack.

According to the DA's office, "The primary issue on the appeal was whether the defendant "caused" Clayton's death as that term is defined by law."

Pratcher is now expected to serve his full sentence of 25 years to life.