Man found guilty in strangulation death of aunt
A jury has convicted a Buffalo man in the strangling death of his aunt 13 months ago, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors said 28-year-old Luis LopezRivera was found guilty of second-degree murder, the only charge in the indictment against him, and faces a maximum 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced May 13 by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski.
Lopez-Rivera moved from Puerto Rico to live with his aunt in Buffalo after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
On Feb. 10, 2018, Lopez-Rivera strangled his aunt, 47-year-old Maria Rivera, to death inside her apartment on Sobieski Street in Buffalo.
– Harold McNeil