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Buffalo man sentenced to prison in connection to shooting of youth football coach in 2019

Posted at 12:37 PM, Jun 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-15 12:37:26-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo man has been sentenced to prison in connection to the shooting of a youth football coach in 2019.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office announced that 20-year-old Jason L. Washington, Jr. was sentenced Wednesday in Erie County Court to a determinate sentence of 25 years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision. He was sentenced as a second felony offender.

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Washington was 17 years old when the shooting occurred on August 31, 2019.

According to the district attorney's office, Washington was involved in a fight at Emerson Park as a little league football game was ending and a football coach, 36-year-old Norzell “Nore” Aldridge, attempted to break up the altercation and hit Washington in the head with a football helmet. Washington fired multiple shots and Aldridge was shot in the side of his torso and died at the hospital. A 20-year-old man was also shot, he was taken by ambulance to ECMC where he was treated and released.

A jury found Washington guilty of the following in March 2022:

  • One count of manslaughter in the first degree
  • One count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree
  • One count of assault in the second degree