BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Dramatic testimony and closing arguments all came to a head late Thursday night at the courthouse in downtown Buffalo.
The City Grill Shooter, Riccardo McCray is scheduled to be sentenced in June, and it's likely he'll never walk free again. The District Attorney is discussing the case now that the media gag order has been lifted.
DA Frank Sedita said, "He did make a threat to one of my prosecutor's during the trial."
One day after Riccardo McCray was convicted of three counts of first degree murder, Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita shed more light on the man, now known, as the City Grill shooter. Not only did he threaten prosecutor Mary Beth DePasquale during the trial, but we also learned he tried to scare off a crucial eyewitness who testified that he saw McCray with the gun in his hand, seconds after the August murders.
"Mr. McCray tried to intimidate that witness, to scare him," said Sedita.
Throughout the trial, witnesses identified McCray, only as 'Murder.' Why?
Sedita said, "I hear it's a family nickname. A street nickname. Friends gave him the nickname. I don't know. All I know is that's how he's known on the streets by people."
And even though McCray is behind bars, people still fear him, especially the five eyewitnesses who testified against him.
"We have taken steps to address that thus far. If the situation arises, we'll take additional steps," said Sedita.
Is there reason to fear McCray?
Sedita said, "When it came to witnesses, his bark is much worse than his bite."
The credibility of the eyewitnesses, some with long criminal pasts, was a recurring theme of the defense. Prosecutors successfully backed up their testimony with ballistic evidence, and a crucial surveillance video, that captured portions of the murders.
"Every important thing they said was independently corroborated by an incontrovertible piece of evidence," said Sedita.
McCray is scheduled to be sentenced on June 2. He faces a minimum of 20 years to life in state prison. The DA vows to push for the maximum, which is life without parole.
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