Jury Finds Felon Guilty on All Charges for Attack on Chocolate Shop Employee

Modified: November 19, 2018 5:33pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that a jury has found 50-year-old John Jaycox of Buffalo guilty, as charged, on one count of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, one count of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, one count of Attempted Robbery in the First Degree, one count of Assault in the Second Degree and one count of Attempted Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

On March 15, 2018, at approximately 2 p.m., the defendant entered a chocolate shop located on Broadway in the City of Buffalo. Once inside, Jaycox attacked a 60-year-old employee. 

Jaycox faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison when sentenced on December 18, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

“What makes this case particularly disturbing is that there was no connection between the victim and the defendant,” said DA Flynn. “This individual committed a horrific, violent crime after recently being released from prison. I hope that the victim and her family feel that justice has been served by this defendant being found guilty on all charges.”

DA Flynn commends the investigative work by members of the Buffalo Police Department, including Det. Sgt. Brian Mahoney.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Nathanael C. Kapperman and Erin E. Hart of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.