Defendant Pleads Guilty to Burglary Charge for Black Rock Home Invasion

Modified: February 3, 2021 5:17pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 26-year-old Jason R. Graham of Buffalo pleaded guilty this morning before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to one count of Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class “C” violent felony.

The defendant admitted that he knowingly and unlawfully entered a home on Military Road in the City of Buffalo by breaking a kitchen window with a brick during the early morning hours of January 20, 2020. Once inside, the defendant assaulted the homeowner and demanded money. The defendant fled with an unknown amount of cash. Investigators found a pair of earbuds in the hallway near where the defendant exited the home. The earbuds were swabbed for DNA, which linked the defendant to the crime.

Graham faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced as a second violent felony offender on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:15 a.m. He remains held without bail.

DA Flynn commends Detectives Jen Zanghi and Zack Burgess of the Buffalo Police Department and the Erie County Central Police Services Forensic Laboratory for their work in the investigation.

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office, along with the Buffalo Police Department, continues to investigate similar crimes that were reported in the area at the time of this incident. Anyone with additional information can call the DA’s Office at 716-858-2424.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Langenfeld of the DA’s Tactical Prosecution Unit.