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Teenage, Suspected Murderer of Falls' Man Seeks Plea Deal

December 16, 2014

(Above) Darell Jermaine Belton, 18, is accused of murdering William Reilly. (below).


As many readers know, Darrell Jermaine Belton, 18, was accused of fatally shooting 30-year-old William A. ''Billy'' Reilly, around 11 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 23 - the culmination of an argument. The unarmed Reilly was shot twice, at close range, in his upper body. Reilly's girlfriend called 911.

Police found Reilly dying in his home in the 800 block of Pierce Ave.

Belton, who led police on a high speed chase before he was arrested, was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree criminal use of a firearm.

Reilly was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center where he died.

Now a plea deal for Belton may be in the offing. According to the Niagara Gazette, the alleged murderer's attorney, Angelo Musitano, asked State Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch, Sr., not to schedule pre-trial hearings for Belton while he attempts to get a plea deal.

Belton, who lived on Whitney Ave., was out on bail in a drug case when he allegedly shot Reilly. He pleaded not guilty to charges related to the death of Reilly and has been jailed without bail by Kloch since his arrest the night of the murder.

Niagara County Deputy DA Doreen Hoffmann told the Gazette that she plans to meet with the late Reilly's family and see what their attitude is toward available plea options.

Reilly was employed as a laborer for construction companies; he enjoyed playing basketball, video games and listening to music. He was outlived by his parents. And his parents, along with his two daughters, Destiny and Jaelyn Reilly, his brother, Ryan Nachreiner; sisters, Jennifer Nageotte, Amanda Weeks, Megan Nachreiner, Jessica Doty, Stacey Martinez and Shelly Weaver; grandparent, Ralph Zastrow; godmother, Patricia Nachreiner; mothers of his two children, Jennifer Szampruch and Tonia Hathaway, and his aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, will never see him again in this life. And will live with the fact that he was murdered.

Some of them may have a say in the plea bargain.

As for Belton, it is unlikely the teenager will see the light of freedom - no matter what the plea deal is - for many, many years to come.





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