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Jury finds man guilty of manslaughter in connection to shooting of youth football coach

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Mar 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-10 18:14:03-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A jury has found a Buffalo man guilty of manslaughter in connection to the shooting of a local youth football coach in 2019.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office announced after four hours of deliberation following a three-and-a-half-day trial a jury found 20-year-old Jason L. Washington, Jr. guilty of:

  • 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

The district attorney's office said Washington was acquitted of the other charges in the indictment against him.

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

According to the district attorney's office, he 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.

Washington faces a maximum of 32 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced April 21. He continues to remain held without bail.