Man sent to prison after threatening family

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Buffalo man learned he was going to state prison Monday. The Erie County District Attorney’s Office says 52-year-old Eugene Lawrence was sentenced to 15 years in state prison and five years post-release supervision.

Lawrence, who has a history of violent crimes, was convicted of threatening to kill his wife and family, in December 2012. Cheektowaga and Buffalo Police quickly responded to the scene where they recovered a loaded revolver, 60 rounds of ammunition, and a gun holster.

The DA’S office says Lawrence has several convictions for assaults against women since the 1980s. He is also accused of witness tampering and intimidation during his trial.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita released this statement, “Mr. Lawrence has consistently demonstrated his contempt for the law, disdain for the rights of others, and hatred for women. Because of the skill and fearlessness of Ms. Ogden and Ms. Soluri, (Assistant District Attorneys) a vicious and manipulative sociopath will remain behind bars for the next 15 years.”

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