Another ex-carnival worker admits to role in death of local comic book collector

MEDINA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The last of three people who broke into the home of an elderly man to steal a valuable comic book collection has been convicted of the man’s death.

Prosecutors have worked for months to bring to justice a group of people who ran a racketeering enterprise that eventually caused the death of 78-year-old Homer Marciniak, a Medina native.

Three men, Albert Parsons, Donald Griffin and Juan Javier burglarized Marciniak’s home to steal with the intention of selling his comic book collection valued at $30,000. During the burglary, the men struck Marciniak, causing him to have a heart attack after the fact.

Parsons pleaded guilty on Monday to assault resulting in a serious bodily injury, in aid of a racketeering enterprise. Griffin pleaded guilty in October and will be sentenced in February. Javier is already behind bars, serving seven years in state prison.

Marciniak’s death allowed prosecutors to dismantle the racketeering group, however. Leading to the conviction of five New Yorkers on federal charges.

Parsons will face sentencing on April 1 for the crime. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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