Rochester woman gets 20 years for role in death of Medina comic collector

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for her role in the death of a comic book collector who died of a heart attack shortly after a home invasion and robbery.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 31-year-old Arlene Combs of Rochester helped three men who broke into the Medina home of 78-year-old Homer Marciniak in 2010 to steal his comic books. Prosecutors say one robber struck the homeowner in the face, sending him to the hospital for stitches.

Marciniak had a heart attack and died a short time later.

Combs had been convicted of racketeering. She was sentenced Tuesday in federal court.

Investigators say the burglary was engineered by a former pawn shop owner, Rico Vendetti, who is awaiting sentencing for racketeering. 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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