A Buffalo man was sentenced Monday before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi for the murder of a gang member, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors said Mario K. Washington Jr., 23, received an indeterminate sentence of 27 1/3 to 32 years in prison, followed by five years of surveillance after release in the shooting death of Shariff Jackson, 28 years old from Buffalo.
Shortly before 10 p.m. on July 1, 2020, Washington shot Jackson, who was sitting inside a vehicle in a parking lot on the 1200 block of Delaware Avenue, between Cleveland and Lancaster Avenues, in Buffalo. Jackson died at the scene. It was one of three shootings in the city that day.
Law enforcement officials said the murder was the result of a gang war between the Central Park Gang and the Fruit Belt Gang. Authorities said they believed members of the Fruit Belt Gang were involved in Jackson’s murder. A criminal complaint against two Buffalo men arrested in July on firearms charges suggested to authorities that Jackson’s death was the result of battles between the two gangs.
The two men arrested for firearms, Michael Woods, 31, and Antwaine Parker, 27, are believed to be members of the Fruit Belt Gang, according to the criminal complaint. On July 4, three days after Jackson was killed, Woods and Parker were shot dead, raising suspicions from law enforcement regarding gang activity.