The second of two Buffalo suspects who terrorized a Lackawanna woman and her two young children during a McKinley Parkway home invasion two years ago pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree robbery and burglary charges. Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said Tremaine Williams, 24, of Minnesota Avenue, pleaded guilty to the two highest charges that he could have faced at a trial for the Oct. 12, 2011 terror incident.
Michael Easely, 25, also of Minnesota Avenue, pleaded guilty to a first-degree burglary charge in the case on Nov. 19, Sedita said. After breaking into the McKinley Parkway home in Lackawanna Williams held the woman and her two terrorized children at gunpoint while Easley ransacked the house and they stole about $1,400 in cash and goods, the district attorney said.
The district attorney credited Lackawanna police with playing key roles in getting the needed DNA and other evidence that linked the suspects to the crime. With both still jailed Easley faces sentencing before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang on May 29, and Justice Wolfgang will sentence Williams on Aug. 16. Both face prison terms of up to 25 years.