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Buffalo Basketball: Quate McKinzie Charged With Strangulation, Witness Intimidation


Don’t expect to see Buffalo basketball player Quate McKinzie on the court again anytime soon. According to the Buffalo News, the 20-year old Bulls forward is facing serious charges, including multiple felony counts.

The numerous charges all stem from an altercation with a female acquaintance that McKinzie allegedly attempted to strangle. After being arrested, he placed a threatening phone call to the woman from the Erie County Holding Center.

McKinzie’s bond had originally been set at $15,000, which he was unable to post. After the second string of charges were brought to the attention of the presiding judge, his right to post bail was revoked. In one fell swoop, McKinzie’s rap sheet is long, daunting, and likely spells the end of his basketball career.

If that is the worst of it, he should consider himself fortunate.

The 6-foot-8 sophomore could face significant time in prison. He originally faced charges of second-degree strangulation, a D-felony; misdemeanor counts of criminal obstruction of breathing, assault, menacing, harassment; and stealing the victim’s vehicle.

However, after placing the threading phone call, the list got longer. Add third-degree witness intimidation and first-degree criminal contempt, both E-felonies; and two misdemeanors, aggravated harassment and disobeying a court mandate.

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