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Howard Burroughs pleads guilty to “first-degree attempted gang assault”

By Andrew Harris

On March 22nd, the murder of Nicholas Burdge will be three years ago. It came on the heels of the initial panic of the Covid-19 pandemic. When Burdge’s body was found in the Genesee River, the community was in shock and the murder painted an apocalyptic scene in many minds. Police soon arrested a mob for the murder and the details are famously brutal.

Michael T. Baldwin has followed the crime since day one and recently summarized the discovery:

“On March 22, 2020 at 10:19 a.m., Troopers responded to the discovery of a body along the bank of the Genesee River by Jack Bridge Road in the town of Willing.  The body was wrapped in a sheet and plastic garbage bags.  The NYSP Forensic Identification Unit (FIU) and the BCI responded to process the crime scene. The Underwater Recovery Unit checked the Genesee River for further evidence.  The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Nicholas A. Burdge, 23 of Wellsville, NY. Fingerprint and tattoo analysis aided in the identification.”

Burroughs was sentences to five years in prison by Allegany County Supreme Court Judge Thomas Brown.

Read that, and other reporting by M T. Baldwin:

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