A 29-year-old West Side man pleaded guilty to a Black Rock home invasion, and two others who lied to a grand jury about his whereabouts at the time of the crime also admitted to perjury charges, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
Rodney Curry, of Dewitt Street, faces 25 years in state prison after pleading guilty to first-degree burglary. He is scheduled to be sentenced before Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio on Dec. 10.
Police arrested Curry on Aug. 28, 2011, for the gunpoint burglary during which a woman and her two children were terrorized. Four intruders wearing bandannas broke into the home.
The victim caught a glimpse of Curry but not the others. No other arrests have been made. The victim knew Curry, and authorities do not believe Curry chose the home at random.
Cynthia Rashad, 42, who is Curry’s aunt, and Kevin Mateo, 28, a friend, each told a grand jury that Curry was with them at the time of the home invasion.
An investigation that included collecting and analyzing cellphone records showed Rashad and Mateo had lied to the grand jury, said Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
Sedita cited Buffalo Police Detective Margaret Dragone and Assistant District Attorney John Feroleto for foiling their “despicable plot to deceive the grand jury.”
Rashad and Mateo each face a maximum sentence of one year in the Erie County Correctional Facility.