Teen Sentenced to 10 Years for Fatal Shooting in Sinclairville Street Fight

Mayville, New York – A teenager from northern Chautauqua County has been sentenced to a decade in prison as an adult for a shooting incident that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old in July 2022. Andres Lopez, the perpetrator, will also face five years of post-release supervision as announced by the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office on Friday.

Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt had initially sought a 20-year prison sentence for Lopez, who had previously pleaded guilty to a first-degree manslaughter charge in January. The sentencing took place on a Friday morning at the Chautauqua County Court.

The incident involved Lopez shooting Joseph Misciagno once in the back during a street fight that occurred near a baseball field where families and little leaguers were present. Despite the tragic event, no plea deal or sentencing promises were offered in the manslaughter case.

Authorities revealed that Misciagno was among six individuals in Sinclairville when the altercation took place. After being shot, Misciagno managed to drive for a short distance in a truck before veering off the road and crashing into trees.

The District Attorney emphasized that their intention was to hold the individual responsible for the crime, whether through a plea or conviction after trial. Despite Lopez initially being identified as a youth at the time of the shooting, he was sentenced as an adult by the court.

The sentencing of Lopez highlights the consequences of violent actions, particularly in cases where lives are lost due to reckless behavior. The tragic outcome serves as a reminder of the impact of gun violence on communities and the importance of accountability in the criminal justice system.

This case underscores the need for proactive measures to prevent such incidents in the future and to address the root causes of violence within society. The justice system plays a crucial role in ensuring that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions and that justice is served for the victims and their families.