LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man, who took part in a Jan. 23 home invasion that caused a woman to miscarry her pregnancy, was sentenced to four years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision Friday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.
Marcel M. Walker, 23, of Pierce Avenue, had pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree burglary, as well as fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in an unrelated drug case.
Co-defendant Deonte J. Brinson, 21, of Mackenna Avenue, pleaded guilty to two counts each of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary, as well as single counts of third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree grand larceny, in exchange for a 15-year sentencing cap.
Police said the armed attackers wore masks and gloves. DNA evidence connected Brinson to the crime, but the victim, Atasha Mallory, identified Walker by his voice.
“The proof was weaker [in Walker’s case],” Kloch said, explaining the sentencing disparity.
Mallory said she was tied up and had a miscarriage shortly after the incident. Restitution of $3,000 was split among the defendants, including an unidentified third man, for a laptop computer, jewelry and phones that were stolen.
“My peace of mind is gone,” Mallory said. “[Walker] deserves way more than four years.”
“I think you were the ringleader. Your buddy’s going down. He wouldn’t rat on you,” Kloch told Walker. “I think you’re a bad person.”
In other court action Friday, a Falls woman who allegedly stabbed two men on Ferry Avenue on July 7 was arraigned in absentia before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.
Amanda M. Henry, 27, of Ferry Avenue, is in jail in Lake County, Ohio, where she went after the stabbings, Assistant District Attorney Theresa L. Prezioso said.
Henry was arrested there for receiving stolen property, driving without a license and misleading public officials, Prezioso said. Her sentence expires Dec. 20, and she then will be extradited to Niagara Falls.
In the July 7 attack, one of the victims was stabbed in the lung and kidney, the other in the arm, Prezioso said. Henry is charged with first- and second-degree assault and two counts each of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing.
Also Friday, Farkas sentenced Joseph A. Daniels, 59, of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls, to two to four years in prison for chasing a woman through the Niagara Falls Transportation Center with a box cutter Feb. 27.