Guilty plea in shooting at Jim's Steakout

Anthony Jones

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A fight over a sandwich at a Jim's Steakout led to a shooting in January, and now there's a guilty plea in the case.

44-year-old Anthony B. Jones of Cheektowaga pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case to one count of second degree assault.

Erie County DA John Flynn says Jones made a complaint with the assistant manager of Jim’s SteakOut on Main Street in the City of Buffalo about a “Stinger” sandwich he ordered an hour earlier. Flynn says Jones claimed there was not enough meat in the sandwich and the manager said Jones could come back for a replacement. Flynn, however, says the manager changed gears when it was discovered 75 percent of the sandwich had been eaten. "As Mr. Jones was leaving, he turns around and says he'll be back. The assistant manager says why wait, let's go right now. He comes over the counter and they begin to fight," says Flynn. Flynn says Jones then pulls out a gun, and the assistant manager turns and retreats. Jones then opened fire, shooting the manager in the back. "All this over a stupid sandwich," says Flynn.

The victim was taken to ECMC in a Buffalo Police patrol vehicle. He has since recovered from the injury.

Jones faces a maximum of 7 years in prison when he is sentenced on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. He remains released on $50,000 bond posted in Buffalo City Court.