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Man Who Ambushed Family in Their Apartment Pleads Guilty to Burglary


04/17/2013

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III announced that 30 year old parolee Marvell Belton of 76 Hill Street, Buffalo, pleaded guilty, as charged, to two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, before County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio.  These were the highest charges for which he could have been convicted had he gone to trial.

Belton admitted that on December 8, 2012, while at 26 Clay Street in Buffalo, he violently ambushed a family when he kicked in the apartment door and stabbed a mother and her 16 year old son, while a 10 year old boy and three 17 year old females were hiding in a closet. Belton ran from the scene after terrorizing the family and hid inside a relative’s house at 55 Clay. The diligent efforts of the Buffalo Police led to Belton’s capture within minutes of the crime. 

Belton is a prior violent felon, based on a conviction of Attempted Robbery in the First Degree from 2004. He has violated parole multiple times since his release in 2007, and his latest violation occurred in August 2012 when he absconded from parole. The case was successfully prosecuted by ADA Sara N. Ogden.  Belton faces a maximum prison sentence of 25 years when he is sentenced on May 20, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. before Hon. Sheila DiTullio.