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Tonawanda man pleads guilty to Riverside home invasion

A Town of Tonawanda man has admitted forcing his way into a Riverside woman’s home at gunpoint and forcing her to hand over her wallet and some prescription medications.

Richard Newman, 34, of Wrexham Court, pleaded guilty last week to first-degree burglary in connection with the Jan. 24, 2012, home invasion, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Police found the wallet nearby, along with the burglar’s coat, ski mask and pellet gun. DNA testing of the coat linked Newman to the crime.

Newman also pleaded guilty to fifth-degree attempted possession of a controlled substance in connection with a plan to have his girlfriend, Jessica Wozniak, supply him with Suboxone, a drug used to help treat opiate addiction, on Dec. 6, 2013, while he was in the Erie County Correctional Facility.

Wozniak, 29, of Depew, has pleaded guilty to fifth-degree attempted sale of a controlled substance.

Newman, a second-felony offender, faces a minimum prison term of eight years and a maximum of 25 years when he is sentenced April 22 by Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio, according to Assistant District Attorney John P. Feroleto.

Wozniak faces up to four years in prison when she is sentenced May 12 by DiTullio.

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