A Buffalo man was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for stealing $23,000 during a house burglary last year and firing two shots at the victim three months later in an effort to discourage her from testifying against him in the burglary case.
Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio imposed the prison term on Maurice Brice, 30, of Person Street, who had faced a maximum of up to 30 years.
Brice pleaded guilty as charged in March to second-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, second-degree weapon possession and third-degree intimidating a witness.
After learning that a woman he knew had withdrawn a large sum of money from the bank, Brice broke into her home on Grider Street on March 26, 2013 and stole the money, prosecutors said. He used some of the cash to purchase a Mercedes-Benz.
He was arrested May 27, 2013, and released on bail. On July 1, he confronted the victim on Lonsdale Road and threatened her life as well as that of her family if she testified against him, prosecutors said. When that failed, he took out a gun and fired twice, then fled. The victim was not injured.