A Buffalo man Tuesday admitted breaking into a home last March and stealing $23,000, which he used to buy a Mercedez-Benz.
He also admitted firing two shots at the victim three months later in an effort to discourage her from testifying against him in the burglary case.
Maurice Brice, 30, of Person Street, pleaded guilty as charged to second-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, second-degree weapon possession and third-degree intimidating a witness, all felonies, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
After learning that a woman he knew had withdrawn a large sum of money from the bank, Brice broke into her home on Grider Street and stole the money. He used some of the cash to purchase a Mercedes.
He was arrested May 27 and released on bail. On July 1, he confronted the victim on Lonsdale Road and threatened her life as well as that of her family if she testified against him. When that failed, he took out a gun and fired twice, then fled. The victim was not injured.
Brice faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced April 21 by Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio, according to Assistant District Attorney Brian Langenfeld.
Brice has felony convictions for drug possession in 2006 and 2007 and robbery in 2000, as well as six misdemeanor convictions, prosecutors said.