Modified: May 22, 2015 12:24pm
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III, announces that 25 year-old Michael Rojas of Ontario Street in the City of Buffalo pleaded guilty as charged to Burglary in the First Degree before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case. This is the highest charge for which the defendant could have been convicted had gone to trial. In other words, Rojas did not receive a so-called “plea bargain” and was instead prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Rojas admitted that on August 3, 2014, he and an accomplice, believing the victim, an Albanian immigrant, kept cash inside her home, committed a gunpoint home invasion at a residence on Crocker Street in the village of Sloan. No stranger to the criminal justice system, Rojas was on probation in connection with three other residential burglaries when he committed the Sloan home invasion. Consequently, Rojas faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 25 years in state prison when he is sentenced by Judge Case on June 11, 2015.
The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Paul E. Bonanno, Chief of DA Sedita’s Financial Crimes Bureau.