Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 21 year-old Terrence Price of 115 Urban St., Buffalo pleaded guilty as charged to Robbery in the First Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. These are the highest charges for which the defendant could have been convicted had he gone to trial. In other words, Price was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
On October 24, 2013, Price forcibly stole a cash laden bank bag from LaNova Pizza employees at gunpoint. The robbery occurred in the parking lot of LaNova’s flagship store at 371 West Ferry St. on Buffalo’s West Side. Price was immediately chased from the parking lot by several LaNova employees. Compounding his monumentally stupid choice of robbery location and victims, Price unwisely decided to shoot at his pursuers. Undeterred in their quest for justice, the LaNova workers caught up to the fleeing felon and, in the charitable words of a veteran courthouse observer, “subdued” Price until the police arrived.
Shockingly, Price has a prior conviction in Pennsylvania for Robbery. Price faces a maximum of 25 years in state prison when he is sentenced by Justice Buscaglia on May 28, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher J. Belling, the District Attorney’s Chief Trial Counsel, and Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Smith, who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau, successfully prosecuted the case.