Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III announced that 24 year-old Cody Little of Oliver Street, City of Tonawanda, was convicted, as charged, of Burglary in the Second Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree and Resisting Arrest after a 3 day jury trial before Acting State Supreme Court Justice William Boller.
On November 14, 2012 Little broke into a former employer’s home in Williamsville, NY. He fled from responding police officers and attempted to evade arrest for nearly two months.
On January 6th 2013, City of Tonawanda Detective Joseph Scarpena attempted to arrest Little on the outstanding burglary warrant during a traffic stop. Little refused Detective Scarpena’s requests to shut off the car, and when the detective attempted to take the keys from the vehicle, Little floored the gas pedal and dragged the Detective 50 feet on the Twin City Highway. Little again fled and continued to evade capture until United States Marshals assigned to the Violent Felony Fugitive Task Force found him hiding in a bedroom closet at a relative’s home on January 10, 2013.
Little is no stranger to the criminal justice system, accumulating a record of 16 prior criminal convictions, four of which have been for felonies. All the more “impressive” is the fact Little has achieved such a rare distinction at such a young age (24). Little faces a maximum 15 years in state prison when he is sentenced on September 11, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. before Justice Boller. ADA Sara Ogden, who successfully prosecuted the case, will recommend that Little be sentenced to the maximum in light of his complete and total disdain for the rules of civilized society.