(WNY News Now) – Three Colombian nationals have been indicted on charges related to a burglary in Amherst, New York, with potential sentences of up to 15 years in prison.
Amherst – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn has announced the indictment of three individuals in connection with a residential burglary in Amherst. Carlos David Chaparro-Jaimes, aged 29, and Christian Camilo Garcia Guzman, aged 33, both from California, were arraigned on one count of Burglary in the Second Degree and one count of Resisting Arrest. Their co-defendant, Johanna P. Parra-Morales, aged 36, also from California, faces charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, and Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer.
The incident took place on June 26, 2023, when Amherst Police responded to a reported burglary in progress. Parra-Morales allegedly drove Chaparro-Jaimes and Garcia Guzman to the residence, where they broke in, stole personal items, and fled in a vehicle driven by Parra-Morales. Following a brief pursuit, the suspects attempted to evade arrest but were apprehended. Methamphetamine was reportedly found in Parra-Morales’ possession, along with stolen jewelry and personal items.
All three defendants, Colombian nationals, were initially arraigned in Amherst Town Court and are scheduled to return for a pre-trial conference on October 12, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. They remain held without bail. If convicted of the highest count, they could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.