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A Chautauqua County man has admitted he was one of three ski-masked men armed with shotguns who broke into a Buffalo home last year looking for a man with drugs.

Henry Lee Smith Sr., 51, of Fardink Road, Ashville, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree robbery in State Supreme Court in Buffalo for his role in the Sept. 26, 2012, break-in at the home of a Bennett High School teacher.

Smith admitted that he and his nephew, Quincy A. Smith, 37, of Fredonia, along with Steven McCool, 20, no address listed, entered the teacher’s home, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

The apparent target was the boyfriend of the teacher’s daughter, who had marijuana, synthetic LSD and ketamine, an anesthetic, Sedita said.

McCool was apprehended by Buffalo police as he fled the home. Henry Lee Smith and his nephew were apprehended by investigators from the District Attorney’s Office.

Henry Lee Smith faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 19 by Justice Christopher J. Burns.

McCool pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and will be sentenced Oct. 30 by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case. Quincy Smith pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree robbery and is serving a nine-year prison sentence.

Assistant District Attorneys Michael P. Felicetta and Eugene T. Partridge III prosecuted the cases.

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