Sandy Beach
Weekdays, 9am - Noon
Sandy Beach

Text Us: #30930
Phone: (800) 616 WBEN
Business: (716) 843-0600
A   A   A

2 Convicted in Beating Death of 96-Year-Old Deacon

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Two Buffalo men have been convicted in the fatal beating of a 96-year-old church deacon during a break-in at his home.

Authorities say 18-year-old Shaquar Pratcher and 23-year-old Elhajii Elshabazz (ehl-HAH-zhee ehl-shuh-BAHZ) were part of a group that set out to rob Levi Clayton's house in 2012, believing Clayton's caretaker had money inside from drug sales.

A state Supreme Court judge convicted them Wednesday of second-degree murder and burglary.

Surveillance cameras captured the pair in the deacon's backyard with a knife and gun and the deacon throwing a lamp out a window trying to thwart the break-in.

Clayton suffered severe head injuries from the beating and died about four months later.

Two others, 19-year-old Justice Feggans and 20-year-old Jordan McKinnon, pleaded guilty earlier to burglary.

Filed Under :  
Topics : Law_Crime
Social :
Locations : BuffaloNew York
People : Elhajii ElshabazzJordan McKinnonLevi ClaytonShaquar Pratcher
What are you thinking about next week's warm up?
  I'll take it but there's more winter to come!
  I think we're out of the woods and have seen the last of Winter!
View Results