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Falls man faces possible life sentence in violent sex attack

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man faces life in prison if he is convicted as charged on an indictment accusing him of the brutal rape of a 68-year-old woman in her home about 4 a.m. Feb. 11.

Vincent L. Bullard-Daniel, 50, of 21st Street, pleaded not guilty Monday in Niagara County Court to predatory sexual assault and first-degree burglary as a sexually motivated felony.

The victim told Falls police that Bullard-Daniel told her he was attacking her in retribution for her reporting him as a suspect in some larcenies. Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco told Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that the woman was hospitalized for a week and needed reconstructive surgery.

“According to the doctor’s testimony, she would have bled to death without immediate medical intervention,” Zucco said.

Police obtained a DNA sample, nail scrapings and clothing from Bullard-Daniel after his arrest, but did so after he had invoked his right to counsel, so the material may not be admissible, Zucco told the judge. He said he intends to ask for an order allowing more DNA testing on the defendant, who is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.