Guilty Plea in Lancaster Home Burglary Cold Case

Modified: November 30, 2020 4:07pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 53-year-old Kyle G. Mitchell of Lancaster pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to one count of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class “D” felony.

On December 5, 2017, at approximately 11:20 p.m., a resident returned to his home on Newell Avenue in the Village of Lancaster and found that the kitchen window had been broken. The homeowner reported that a sum of cash was missing from a cabinet. Detectives from the Lancaster Police Department collected blood evidence from the counter under the window and throughout the home, which was submitted to the Central Police Services lab. The defendant was linked to the crime through DNA analysis.

Mitchell faces a maximum of 7 years in prison when he is sentenced on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. He remains held on $50,000 bail.

DA Flynn commends the Lancaster Police Department and the Central Police Services Laboratory for their work in the investigation.

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