MAYVILLE, NY – District Attorney Jason Schmidt announced Wednesday that the defendant charged in the shooting death of Joseph Misciagno, which occurred in Sinclairville, New York on July 5, 2022, has pled guilty to felony manslaughter in the case.
Mr. Misciagno was shot once in the back during a daytime street fight occurring at the corner of Reed and Park Streets in Sinclairville, just outside a baseball field where little leaguers and their families were present.
The defendant, whose name is being withheld because he was under the age of 18 at the time he committed the crime, was subsequently indicted by a Chautauqua County Grand Jury on one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class B violent felony.
The defendant entered his guilty plea just before jury selection began on Monday, January 8th.
He is now facing a period of incarceration of up to 25 years when sentenced on March 1st.
“No reductions were offered and no sentencing promises were made to the defendant in exchange for his guilty plea. One way or the other, whether by plea or conviction after trial, it was our intention to hold this individual responsible for the crime he committed,” said DA Schmidt. “We could only do that as a result of the investigation conducted by our Sheriff’s Office, whose detectives worked tirelessly to ensure we had the evidence needed to obtain a conviction. They deserve the credit here. More will be said following sentencing.”