Modified: May 16, 2017 12:56pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 40-year-old Michael Reibel of Buffalo has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges to 13 1/3-16 years in prison for stalking his former girlfriend.
The justice also issued an order of protection preventing Reibel from having any contact with the victim until July 19, 2039.
In March, a jury convicted Reibel of Stalking in the Third Degree, Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree and Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree.
Riebel was found guilty of stalking his former girlfriend and violating an order of protection several times starting May 30, 2015. The jury also found Reibel guilty of breaking into the victim’s home on July 21, 2015, abducting her and holding her against her will for several hours.
DA Flynn commends the investigative work of the East Aurora Police Department, including Lt. Patrick Welch, Lt. Dustin Waldron and Officers Robert Braeuner and Kathleen Foster. The DA also credits Buffalo Police Detective Christopher Mordino and Officer Thomas Cino for their assistance in the case.
Assistant District Attorneys James M. Marra and Rachel L. Newton prosecuted the case.