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The man responsible for a brutal murder nearly twenty years ago has been sentenced in Erie County court.

Fifty-four year old James Fountain will serve 23 years to life for the murder and dismemberment of then 29 year old Cynthia Epps. The crime left two young girls without their mother. DNA evidence reopened the cold case and led to Fountain's arrest.

Fountain does have a mental handicap and does not deny his involvement in the crime.

He has served a previous prison term for attempted rape.

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Two Buffalo teenagers have been arrested in connection with the death of 16-year-old Darren Brown.

The teen’s body was found last Friday night in a wooded area off Taunton Place near Colvin Avenue in North Buffalo.  Brown was stabbed several times and set on fire.

Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda held a news conference Tuesday night at police headquarters to announce the arrests of 16-year-old Ezeiekile Nafi of East Amherst Street and 17-year-old Demetrius Huff of Jewett Parkway.               

A third trial has been ordered in the murder case of a pair of high school classmates who were killed in 1981.

Robie Drake has been convicted in the murders twice, but both of those decisions have now been overturned because improper evidence had been allowed into the case by the presiding judge. Drake, now 47, faces two counts of second-degree murder for shooting teenagers Steven Rosenthal and Amy Smith.

The District Attorneys office is planning to challenge the current ruling.

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An east side Buffalo man is in custody following a grim discovery at his home on Guilford Street near Broadway.  

Buffalo Police today formally announced the arrest of Ali-Mohamad Mohamud for the beating death of his 10-year-old stepson Abdifatah Mohamud in their home at 30 Guilford. 

Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards told reporters police went to the arrest shortly after 10 p.m. after receiving a report about a missing child.

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