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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 26, 2023
Trini E. Ross
, United States Attorney

Buffalo Man Involved in Fatal Crash Arrested on Gun Charge

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Marlon Servance, 22, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas T. Cooper, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on May 23, 2023, Victims 1 and 2 were driving in a vehicle in the vicinity of Jefferson and Best in Buffalo. While Victim 1 was driving, Victim 2 observed Servance driving a dark colored SUV and firing gunshots in her direction. Victim 1’s vehicle subsequently crashed in the vicinity of Main Street and Utica Avenue, while she was fleeing from Servance. As it crashed, Victim 1’s vehicle struck Victim 3, causing her death. Servance fled the scene but was taken into custody by Buffalo Police a short time after at an East Ferry Street apartment. Investigators searched the apartment and recovered a black, semi-automatic Smith and Wesson firearm with an obliterated serial number. During a search of Servance’s vehicle, investigators recovered numerous fired cartridge casings.

Servance made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. and is being held pending a detention hearing on May 30, 2023, at 10:30 a.m.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito.

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.

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