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Decade Prison Sentence Announced In 2022 Shooting Death

Police vehicles are pictured in Sinclairville in July 2022 after a 19-year-old was shot and killed during a street fight. P-J file photo

MAYVILLE — A north county teen has been sentenced as an adult to a decade in prison for a July 2022 shooting that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old Cassadaga male.

In addition to the 10-year term, the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that Andres Lopez also will receive five years of post-release supervision.

Jason Schmidt, Chautauqua County district attorney, had sought a 20-year prison sentence for Lopez, who in January pleaded guilty to a first-degree manslaughter charge.

Sentencing took place Friday morning in Chautauqua County Court.

Lopez was accused of shooting Joseph Misciagno once in the back during a fight the evening of July 5, 2022. The fight, and subsequent fatal shooting, occurred “just outside a baseball field where little leaguers and their families were present,” Schmidt said last month.

Jury selection was set to begin in County Court when Lopez pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge. His identity had been withheld because he was a youth at the time of the shooting. Schmidt announced Friday that Lopez was sentenced as an adult.

In a previous statement, the DA said no plea deal or sentencing promises were offered in the manslaughter case.

“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,” Schmidt said.

At the time of the shooting, law enforcement said Misciagno had died after he was shot in the lower back during a “scuffle.” The Cassadaga teenager was among six people in the area of Reed and Park streets in Sinclairville when the incident occurred.

At some point during the altercation, the victim was struck in the back with a single round.

After being shot, Misciagno got into a truck and drove for about a quarter-mile before the vehicle left the road and struck some trees.

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