This past November one of the more deplorable crimes in recent years took place when three teenagers severely beat and robbed a 96-year old man on the east side of Buffalo. There was an arrest today and as things turn out, an accused perpetrator is one of Western New York’s biggest high school basketball stars.
As the Buffalo News reports, police have arrested 18-year old Justice Feggans in connection with the crime. Multiple sources tell me the accused Feggans is the same standout senior basketball star at Riverside High School.
Levi Clayton, the 96- year old victim was beaten this past November by multiple teenagers, who also ran roughshod through the house in ruining parts of the structure and the majority of furniture, including two flat-screen televisions before taking a number items of value upon retreating.
Clayton is still in the hospital recovering from a broken jaw, among other injuries suffered in the attack.
The Buffalo News writes that according to police, Feggans may be a distant relative of the victim and knows the family. Also according to police Feggans has a history of criminal behavior, including an arrest for robbery the month before.
“Sadly, we all tried to help that kid,” said a former coach at Riverside. “He, like so many before him think they got it all under control.”
As a junior last year, Feggans averaged over 22 points per game for Riverside and was named to the Buffalo Sports Daily All-Star Fourth Team. This year Feggans played as recently as December 27, scoring 16 points in a 61-56 loss to Cheektowaga. He was averaging 22.7 points in three games this season.
I’ll refrain from further comment without knowing more facts on the case, but to say this is sending negative shockwaves through the WNY high school sports scene is an understatement.