Man with long criminal history pleads guilty to home invasion

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A man with a history of robbery and burglary arrests has pleaded guilty to robbing a Riverside woman at gunpoint last year.

In January 2012, Richard Newman forced his way into the woman’s home and stole the victim’s wallet at gunpoint. The 34-year-old Tonawanda man pleaded guilty to first degree burglary on Friday.

Newman has prior convictions for third degree robbery, third degree attempted robbery, and third degree burglary. As a second felony offender, he is facing a minimum of eight years behind bars when he is sentenced in April.

His girlfriend, 29-year-old Jessica Wozniak of Depew, pleaded guilty Friday to fifth degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. Prosecutors say she planned to supply Newman with suboxone while he was incarcerated at the Erie County Correctional Facility.

She will be sentenced in May.

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