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Three men plead guilty to home-invasion charges

Three men accused of binding a homeowner and his wife with duct tape and brandishing a revolver during a Buffalo home invasion in December pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and robbery charges, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Admitting the crimes were Luis Ayala-Pizarro, 19; Carlos Morales-Alvarez, 21; and Kelvin Viera-Morales, 24, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

They pleaded guilty as charged, District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said.

Upstairs tenants called police after spotting three men entering the 19th Street home Dec. 9.

Police surrounded the house and arrested the suspects, who hid upstairs. One of the defendants tried to escape out the back door but returned inside after being confronted by officers. Police recovered a .44-caliber revolver, which the defendants hid in a child’s playpen, according to prosecutors.

Authorities do not believe the three picked the house at random. However, the victims did not know the suspects.

The defendants face between five and 25 years in prison when sentenced June 27 by State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller.

Sedita credited the police officers and neighbors.

“Because of the vigilance of the victims’ neighbors and the bravery of the police officers, tragedy was avoided, and three vicious thugs will go to state prison,” Sedita said in a statement.