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Former Medina man, in prison for almost 20 years, indicted for murder

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 May 2019 at 10:01 am

ALBION – A former Medina man, who has been in state prison since April 2003, has been indicted for murder after the person he assaulted died on Oct. 27, 2017.

Devante Boston

Devante Boston was 4 when David Ricks severely injured the boy in May 2002. Ricks was the boyfriend of Devante’s mother. Ricks slammed Devante’s head into the floor and caused him serious injuries.

Devante did not get immediate medical treatment. He had brain surgery but was left in a vegetative state. Devante was left unable to walk or talk after the assault. He stayed in a healthcare facility in Buffalo and functioned at about a 6-month-old’s level. He died at age 20 on October 27, 2017.

Orleans County District Attorney Joe Cardone is pursuing the charge of second-degree murder in Devante’s death. A report from the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office said Devante’s death is a direct cause of his injuries from 2002.

Ricks is to be arraigned on the murder charge in Orleans County Court on May 23. He was indicted by the grand jury on the charge on Thursday.

Ricks is currently an inmate in the Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica. His earliest possible release is in July.

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