LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls man, connected to a home invasion by DNA evidence, pleaded guilty as charged today, but his attorney, Robert Viola, said he will not have to testify against his co-defendant, who is scheduled for trial Monday.
Deonte J. Brinson, 21, of Mackenna Avenue, admitted to all six counts in the indictment: two counts each of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary and single counts of third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree grand larceny.
The maximum sentence is 25 years in prison, but State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said he will give Brinson no more than 15 years behind bars at sentencing Nov. 1.
Yvonne Vertlieb, attorney for co-defendant Marcel M. Walker, 23, of Pierce Avenue, said DNA on a long gun found at the scene matched Brinson but not Walker. The victim, a Willow Avenue woman, said three intruders, one with a handgun and one with a rifle, tied her up and stole a laptop computer and three cellphones Jan. 23.
She identified Brinson and Walker by voice, since the invaders were wearing masks and gloves, Vertlieb said.