BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A verdict has been reached in the 2019 killing of a Buffalo youth football coach.
Jason Washington Jr., 20, of Buffalo, has been convicted of first-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was acquitted of second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder.
Washington was in a fight at Emerson Park near Sycamore Street and Koons Avenue in Buffalo on Aug. 31, 2019. The fight broke out around 7:00 p.m. when a Beast Elite Ducks Youth Football Team game was ending in the park. Washington, then 17-years-old, tried to shoot a man in the head, but the gun didn’t fire.
Norzell Aldridge, 36, a Beast Elite Ducks coach, of Cheektowaga, was shot after his team had just finished their first game of the season. Aldridge hit Washington with a football helmet trying to break up the fight, that’s when Washington began firing shots, the Erie County District Attorney’s office said.
Aldridge was rushed to Erie County Medical Center, where he died from gunshot wounds to the side of his torso.
A second victim took a gunshot to his shoulder and was treated and released from ECMC.
Washington faces a maximum of 32 years in prison and will be sentenced on April 21 at 10:30 a.m.
He’s held without bail.