LOCKPORT – The judge and the prosecutor agreed Friday that Vincent L. Bullard-Daniel of Niagara Falls committed the worst sexual assault they’ve ever encountered when he attacked a 66-year-old woman in her Falls apartment last year.
That’s why Bullard-Daniel was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison as a sexual predator.
Police found the woman’s blood, mixed with Bullard-Daniel’s DNA, splattered in several locations on the floor of the 22nd Street apartment after the assault in the early hours of Feb. 11, 2015. A search of Bullard-Daniel’s 21st Street home turned up a sock with the woman’s blood on it in his bedroom.
“I’ve been doing this is excess of 30 years and I’ve never seen such injuries,” Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said.
At the arraignment in March 2015, Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said the woman needed reconstructive surgery and was hospitalized for a week. A doctor testified the woman could have bled to death without immediate medical intervention.
After a two-week trial, a jury convicted Bullard-Daniel June 3 of predatory sexual assault and first-degree burglary as a sexually motivated felony.
“I’m innocent,” was all Bullard-Daniel, 51, said Friday.
Assistant Public Defender Christopher A. Privateer said Bullard-Daniel intends to appeal, and he had advised the defendant not to speak in court.
But Bullard-Daniel couldn’t help himself when the judge accused him of attacking the woman, with whom he was acquainted, in retribution after she complained to police that Bullard-Daniel had stolen some items from her apartment.
“I think you used the sexual assault as a weapon,” Murphy said.
“It never happened like that,” Bullard-Daniel cut in.