June 23, 2021
ALLEGANY COUNTY, NY – A Wellsville teenager was sentenced Wednesday afternoon to ten years in state prison for his role in a brutal Wellsville Main Street murder last March. Judge Thomas Brown handed down the sentence to Jason Darden for his role in the savage beating death of Nicholas Burdge inside a North Main Street apartment. Seven others were also charged. One defendant, Howard Burroughs, will head to trial January 10, 2022. Burdge was murdered in his apartment at 172 1/2 North Main Street after hours of torture. His body was later dumped in the Genesee River. Darden was initially charged with second-degree murder, kidnapping, manslaughter, first-degree gang assault and conspiracy.
An Angelica man is headed to prison for stabbing his friend to death in 2012. In Allegany County court Wednesday afternoon, Jason E. Mehmel was sentenced to serve 8 ½ years in prison followed by five years post-release supervision. He was initially charged with second-degree murder following the stabbing death of Jason Cipriano, who was 29 at the time. His body was found on Tuckers Corners Road in Amity. Investigators learned that Cipriano had gotten into an argument with Mehmel – that turned physical. Mehmel allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed Cipriano in the chest. An hour later, he surrendered to State Police.