A 30-year-old parolee has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree burglary for breaking into a Black Rock apartment and stabbing a mother and her 16-year-old son on Dec. 8, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.
Marvell Belton of Hill Street faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced on May 20.
He pleaded guilty before Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to the highest charges for which he could have been convicted had he gone to trial, District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said.
A 10-year-old boy and three 17-year-old girls hid in a closet during the violent encounter, prosecutors said.
Belton broke into the Clay Street home at about 1:45 a.m., according to police. He broke the front door to gain entry, then broke down the bedroom door, according to a police report.
Belton stabbed the woman in the left side of her body with a large a large hunting knife, causing a large cut, police said. Belton then stabbed the son in his right forearm, his right hand, and near his left eye.
The victims were taken to Erie County Medical Center, where they were treated for their injuries, then released.
Belton ran from the scene and Buffalo police found him within minutes hiding nearby in a relative’s house.
Belton was convicted of attempted robbery in 2004 and has repeated parole violations since his 2007 prison release, according to the District Attorney’s Office.