Rochester man sentenced to 35 to life for drive-by that killed innocent bystander

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester man convicted of murdering 20-year-old Dakota Podlaski back in 2020 was sentenced to 35 years to life on Wednesday.

Jeremiah Barley, 27, killed Podlaski in a drive-by shooting at the corner of Magee Avenue and Dewey Avenue on May 27, 2020. Prosecutors say Podlaski was not the intended victim of the shooting, rather an "innocent bystander who fell victim to this random act of violence."

"This case is an example of why we need witnesses to come forward in our community," said Assistant District Attorney Bianca D’Angelo. "Jeremiah Barley’s actions were violent, aggressive, and put many residents of our community at risk."

Police arrested Barley on June 12, 2020.

He was convicted of second degree murder and on two counts of second degree criminal possession of a weapon back in December.