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Fredonia man pleads guilty to Buffalo home invasion

A Fredonia man has pleaded guilty to burglary and robbery charges for his role in a Buffalo home invasion in September, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Quincy A. Smith, 37, admitted entering the home of a Bennett High School teacher.

A co-defendant, Steven McCool, 19, no address available, was apprehended by Buffalo police as he fled the home. McCool previously pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Smith, McCool and another man wore ski masks and armed themselves with loaded shotguns as they entered the home, District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said in a release.

Smith pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree robbery, the highest charges for which he could have been convicted had he gone to trial, Sedita said.

The apparent target of the home invasion was the boyfriend of the victim’s daughter, authorities said. The boyfriend possessed marijuana, synthetic LSD and ketamine, a drug used mainly as an anesthetic, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The third suspect remains jailed pending a grand jury investigation.

Smith faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on June 5 by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns.

McCool is scheduled to be sentenced on May 30 by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case.