Will Conviction 39 Be Enough to Merit Time?

Modified: September 22, 2014 2:01pm

8/26/2014

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III, announces that 49 year-old Lavina Walker pleaded guilty as charged to Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns. This is the highest charge for which Walker could have convicted had she gone to trial. In other words, the defendant was not offered a so-called “plea bargain” and was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

On April 4, 2014, at Tops Market in South Buffalo, Walker distracted a 76 year-old shopper and stole an envelope from his person containing $800. The defendant was free on bail in connection with three other thefts when she committed this one.

As suggested by the foregoing, this is not Walker’s first brush with the law. Three months ago, a press release was issued (Will Convictions 36-38 be Enough to Seal Defendant’s Fate?), chronicling three other larceny convictions from earlier this year as well as her extraordinary career of criminality, which now boasts 39 criminal convictions.

Within the last year, Walker has victimized a 91 year-old woman, two different 86 year-old women, and, most recently, a 76 year-old man. Given her recent targeting of the elderly, her eye-popping criminal history, and the fact that she committed her most recent felony while out on bail in connection with those other felonies, the People petitioned the court to revoke Walker’s bail and remand her into custody. The court refused to do so. Walker remains free.

Walker faces a maximum of 12 years in state prison when she is sentenced by Justice Burns on September 17, 2014 at 9:30am.

The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian Langenfeld, who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau.