Freedom Fleeting for Fleeing Felon

Modified: October 21, 2013 11:11am

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Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 19 year old Malik Scales of 144 Milburn Street, Buffalo, pleaded guilty, as charged, to Burglary in the Second Degree before Acting State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. This is the highest charge for which the defendant could have been convicted had he gone to trial.

On April 15, 2013, Scales’ broke into a residence on Walnut Street in the City of Buffalo and stole property from inside that residence.  The homeowner confronted Scales’ and notified the authorities, who quickly responded and apprehended the defendant as he fled the scene. 

This is Scales’ second violent felony conviction in as many years.  He was convicted of Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree on February 22, 2012.  Scales told Buffalo Police Detectives that he was released from jail approximately two weeks prior to committing this crime.               

The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John P. Gerken, Jr. DA Sedita also lauded the efforts of Buffalo Police Officer Darryl Jones, stating: “The successful prosecution of Scales is principally due to the vigilance and promptness of the patrol officer’s response.” Scales faces a maximum prison term of 15 years when he is sentenced before Justice Buscaglia on October 15, 2013 at 9:30a.m.