Haffa Found Not Guilty Of Attempted Murder, Assault

MAYVILLE — A Cheektowaga man has been found not guilty of attempted murder of a Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputy following deliberations in County Court.

Justin Haffa was acquitted on charges of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery and aggravated assault. He was found guilty of a lesser charge of third-degree robbery.

The trial was the second to take place in front of Judge David Foley in Mayville; a mistrial was declared in September after Haffa’s defense argued it did not receive a DNA report used by the District Attorney’s Office during trial.

Haffa was jailed following his arrest Sept. 11, 2016, not long after he crashed his vehicle in the town of Pomfret. Prosecutors alleged Haffa attacked a sheriff’s deputy as she was administering a field sobriety test and later fled the area.