BUFFALO – The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo says a federal grand jury has returned a five-count indictment charging a Buffalo man believed to be connected to the 2012 death of a Cattaraugus County man.
Federal officials say 25 year-old Jaron Ruth of Buffalo faces a count of discharge of a firearm causing death; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes; and three other drug trafficking related charges. Combined, the charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.
The charges involve an alleged conspiracy to distribute drugs in Erie and Cattaraugus Counties between 2010 and 2013.
Ruth had already been indicted on one count of murder in connection to the death of Henry Ackley in his home in Kilbuck on September 21, 2012. However, that indictment was dismissed the Cattaraugus County District Attorney in deference to the federal prosecution.
It is alleged that during a burglary and robbery of the victim’s home, Ruth shot Ackley in the chest, causing his death.
Killbuck is located just to the east of Salamanca.