(WNY News Now) – A 56-year-old Buffalo resident, entered a guilty plea for a Class “D” felony charge of Burglary in the Third Degree, moments before his trial was set to commence. The incident, which occurred on July 27, 2022, involved the unlawful entry into a Buffalo home and the theft of the victim’s belongings.
Buffalo – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn revealed today that Stacey Fuller, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class “D” felony. This unexpected plea came on the morning scheduled for jury selection in his impending trial.
The incident in question transpired on July 27, 2022, at approximately 5:18 p.m., when Fuller unlawfully entered a residence on Allenhurst Road in Buffalo. His intent was to commit burglary, which he pursued by removing a window screen and accessing the home through a second-floor window. However he encountered the homeowner in the kitchen on the first floor. Fuller resorted to force, pretending to be armed by motioning under his shirt, and demanded the victim’s purse. Startled by the confrontation, Fuller fled upon being confronted by the victim’s son. The homeowner ran to a neighbor’s house, where she contacted the police.
Shortly after the incident, authorities apprehended Fuller, who was not previously known to the victim. They discovered him in possession of two bags containing the victim’s safe, personal documents, credit cards, and jewelry.
Following his arrest, Fuller was arraigned in Buffalo City Court and remanded without bail.
As a second felony offender, Fuller faces a maximum prison sentence of 7 years. His sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. In the interim, he remains incarcerated without bail.