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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Friday, February 27, 2015

Buffalo Man Arrested, Charged With Being Involved In Two Murders And Four Other Shootings

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX:  (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Cebrinn Hill, 25, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with aiding and abetting and discharge of a firearm that cause the death of two individuals. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John M. Alsup, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on April 17, 2006, Hill was part of a group of individuals, including 10th Street Gang members and associates, who shot and killed two victims and wounded four others. Brandon MacDonald and Darinell Young were murdered on Pennsylvania Street on Buffalo’s West Side. The complaint further states that the shootings occurred in retaliation for the shooting of a 10th Street Gang member the previous day.    

The defendant made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. Hill is being held pending a detention hearing on March 3, 2015. 

The criminal complaint is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Michael Cerretto, the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid. 

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated March 2, 2015