A drug-addicted home invader was sentenced this week to eight years in prison for forcing his way into a Riverside woman’s home at gunpoint and taking her wallet.
Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio imposed the minimum prison term on Richard Newman, 35, of Wrexham Court, a second-felony offender, who had pleaded guilty as charged to first-degree burglary in connection with the Jan. 24, 2012, home invasion. He had faced a maximum of 25 years.
The judge said the eight-year prison term was acceptable to the victim who did not attend Tuesday’s sentencing.
Newman said he knew there were prescription drugs in the home when he forced his way in and pistol-whipped the victim before fleeing with her wallet.
Newman also had pleaded guilty to attempted fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance for his plan to have his girlfriend, Jessica Wozniak, supply him with Suboxone, a drug used to help treat opiate addiction, on Dec. 6, 2013, while he was in the Erie County Correctional Facility.
The judge sentenced him to two years in prison on that charge. She ordered the sentences to run concurrently.
Wozniak, 29, of Depew, had pleaded guilty to attempted fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance and was sentenced Monday to five years’ probation.