Brian G. Faust was sentenced today to 23 years to life in prison for killing his girlfriend, Kim Kraffert, in their Hamburg home earlier this year.
Faust, 32, who has been in jail since March 7 and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Sept. 6, told Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico today he has "really no amount of words" to describe his sorrow about the death of "my best friend."
Had Faust been convicted by a jury of second-degree murder, the maximum prison sentence he faced would have been 25 years to life. D'Amico told members of the victim's family that they were wise to approve of a plea deal in the case, sparing themselves the horror of a public trial in the killing.
Kenneth Kraffert, the victim's brother, told the judge his sister was "a gentle, soft-hearted person" who put up with Faust's demands for four years before she realized too late her "fantasy was a mirage" and she paid the ultimate price for befriending "a cold-blooded, calculating killer."
Faust was arrested after being found slumped over and bleeding in his van near the Kensington Expressway in March.
He was charged with murder after Hamburg police found Kraffert's dismembered body in the basement of the Roseview Avenue apartment building she shared with Faust.
Amherst police officer
hit by stolen vehicle
An Amherst police officer was injured early this morning when he was struck by an unoccupied stolen vehicle that was left in gear by a 14-year-old Pennsylvania boy who had led police on a high-speed chase.
Officer Michael Daley was injured when his head, right elbow and right hand struck the pavement at about 2 a.m. on Amherst Manor Drive and Millersport Highway.
He was treated in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, and released.
Daley was on routine patrol at about 1:55 a.m. when he spotted a suspicious vehicle in a Niagara Falls Boulevard parking lot. When he approached the vehicle, it sped from the scene through the Boulevard Mall parking lot, jumping over curbs, before heading north on the boulevard.
The chase proceeded east on Maple Road and north on Amherst Manor Drive to Millersport, before the pursued vehicle left the road, struck a tree and returned to the road. The driver got out of the vehicle, which struck Daley and knocked him to the ground.
Officers Mark Gray and James Quigley apprehended the driver after a brief foot chase. The 14-year-old Bechtelsville, Pa., boy will be taken to Family Court and charged as a juvenile with unauthorized use of a vehicle and reckless endangerment, police said.
Amherst police later learned that the boy's mother had reported the vehicle stolen.
Man admits he produced
porn videos of young girls
A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to a pornography-related charge stemming from videos he produced of young girls last fall, authorities said Tuesday.
Eric Holston, 40, pleaded guilty to producing child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney's office. He faces up to 20 years in prison -- with 10 years mandatory -- and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced Feb. 6, 2002, by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Campana said Holston admitted producing videos depicting 10- and 14-year-old girls last November. When FBI agents searched his former Plymouth Avenue apartment in February, they found videocassettes featuring young girls in sexual poses -- including a tape in which Holston is shown fondling a young girl.
Buffalo man jailed in theft
of van from Lockport dealer
LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man has been jailed on multiple charges in the theft of a 2001 Ford Villager van from Gambino Ford, 6157 S. Transit Road, Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Leonard Guagliano said Tuesday.
Angel J. Ortiz, 28, of Massachusetts Avenue, was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and aggravated unlicensed operation after he was caught driving the vehicle late Monday afternoon, Guagliano said.
Ortiz is accused of taking the van keys from the business and driving off with it after Gambino officials told him at 10 a.m. that he had been turned down for a loan to buy the vehicle. He was caught with the vehicle almost seven hours and 200 miles on the odometer later by Guagliano and Sheriff's Deputy Charles Baker.
Ortiz pleaded innocent in Town Court and was remanded to Niagara County Jail after not posting $5,000 bail.
Nursing home aide accused
of sexual abuse, suspended
BATAVIA -- A nurse's aide was criminally charged after his supervisor allegedly saw him making sexual contact with a nursing home patient, police said.
Stephen Warwick, 55, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse after the supervisor alerted law enforcement authorities.
Warwick worked at Genesee County Nursing Home, according to Detective Scott Mullen. Without naming Warwick, the facility's administrator, Jack Pease, said in a statement that an employee had been suspended without pay as a result of the alleged abuse, which occurred Saturday.
Warwick was being held Tuesday in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Woman is ordered to repay
money stolen at parking job
Brendonia DuPlantis was placed on probation for five years and ordered Tuesday by State Supreme Court Justice Edward A. Rath Jr. to repay the $8,701 in short-term parking receipts she illegally pocketed while working for the firm operating parking at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Like Maria Guilford and Marvina McCarley, whom Rath sentenced Monday, DuPlantis, 24, of Princeton Avenue, pleaded guilty Aug. 7 to felony charges and agreed to make restitution.
Friday, Guilford, 27, of Sprenger Avenue, begins the four months of weekends in jail Rath imposed in ordering her to pay back the $21,315 in receipts she stole in recent years.
McCarley, 23, of Eller Avenue, was placed on probation and ordered to repay the $8,925 she illegally pocketed.
Guilford will be on probation for the next five years.
All three worked at the airport for Airport Parking Co. of America, which operates airport parking nationwide.