Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 48 year old Mark Daniels was sentenced this morning to 15 years in prison by County Court Judge Michael D’Amico. Daniels was convicted on December 18, 2012, of two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Reckless Driving.
Daniels walked into the Sheridan Drive branch of the Evans National Bank in Amherst on December 16, 2011, jumped over the counter, and took about $4,340 from a teller drawer. He then left the bank and drove away in a rental car. The stacks of money that he took contained a GPS tracking device, which allowed police to track him to the intersection of Bailey Avenue and Eggert Road, in Amherst. When Police tried to apprehend him, Daniels nearly ran over one officer and started a seven mile high speed chase through Amherst and east side of Buffalo. The chase ended when Daniels entered a busy intersection at a high rate of speed, against a solid red light, and collided with two vehicles that were lawfully in the intersection. The drivers of both vehicles suffered multiple injuries.
The Robbery in the Second Degree charges were the highest that Daniels could have faced for his conduct. The 15-year prison sentence is the maximum under the law for his convictions.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Brian P. McNamara and Ryan D. Haggerty.