Ato Williams pleaded guilty Wednesday to an early morning Buffalo house break-in in which he took $5 and costume jewelry.
Prosecutor Thomas J. Schoellkopf said an elderly man walking on Genesee Street called police moments after he saw that a 36-year-old man Williams had confronted in the home was left tied in a chair near a first-floor window with duct tape covering his mouth.
After Genesee Station Officer Mark Padilla and other officers entered the house and searched for burglars, Padilla noticed a closed door, Schoellkopf said. Upon kicking open the door, he found Williams pointing a .357-caliber magnum revolver at him, and Padilla fired reflexively in self-defense, the prosecutor said.
Williams, 21, who was shot in the right thigh and recovered from the wound, pleaded guilty before Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico to attempted robbery and weapons charges.
Williams was returned to jail pending sentencing Dec. 5. He has been in custody since he was shot at 1743 Genesee St. July 19.
D'Amico told Williams, who had faced a possible 25-year prison term on a felony robbery indictment, that under the plea deal he will give him an eight-year prison term.