Ex-Boyfriend to Serve Prison Time for Violating Order of Protection and Attacking Victim

Modified: August 1, 2019 8:08am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 39-year-old Robert Lucas of Buffalo has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges to 7 years in prison. The defendant was sentenced on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

On November 23, 2018, at approximately 4:45 p.m., the defendant forced his way into the home of his ex-girlfriend and brutally assaulted her, all in violation of a no-contact order of protection. After the defendant left, the victim called 911 and was taken by ambulance to ECMC where she received upwards of 50 stiches in her forehead.

Buffalo Police located the defendant at his home later that evening. At the time of his arrest, he had blood on his shoes and pants.

Lucas pleaded guilty to Attempted Burglary in the First Degree, a Class “C” violent felony, on June 17, 2019.

As part of his sentence today, Judge Haendiges issued a final no-contact order of protection on behalf of the victim that remains in effect until 2033. 

“I hope that the victim feels not only safe, but that justice has been served by this defendant spending the next several years in prison for this senseless act of violence,” said Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.

DA Flynn commends Buffalo Police Officers Justin Zsiros, Laura Beyers, and Carissa Ferrucci, as well as Det. James McMahon for their work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Rebecca L. Schnirel of the DA’s Domestic Violence Bureau.