- After pleading responsible to creating terroristic threats, defendant sentenced to Erie County Jail for hoax
- In different court docket motion, Buffalo man pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting two women
- Erie man pleaded responsible in federal court docket to trafficking in almost 2 kilos of cocaine
A phony bomb risk that emptied Presque Isle Downs & On line casino in late June turned out to have actual penalties for a former U.S. Border Patrol agent already in hassle with the legislation.
The ex-agent, Norman A. Antuzzi, who had additionally labored in safety on the on line casino, has been sentenced to 1 to 6 months within the Erie County Jail after pleading responsible to calling within the risk to the Summit Township gaming advanced.
Antuzzi, 48, has been in jail since his arrest, which ordinarily would give him greater than a month of time served and make him eligible for parole.
However the prank brought about officers to maneuver to revoke Antuzzi’s probation in a case during which he was accused of inflicting two auto accidents in Millcreek Township in 2017, together with one during which he deliberately drove over an 83-year-old motorist’s foot, his lawyer mentioned. Antuzzi was off-duty on the time, however the expenses led to his suspension from the Border Patrol, the place he not works, his lawyer mentioned.
Antuzzi, of Erie, may find yourself staying in jail longer due to the allegation of the probation violation, mentioned the lawyer, Tyler Lindquist. Antuzzi is being held within the jail on a detainer, in accordance with jail information.
Antuzzi within the earlier case pleaded responsible in 2018 in Erie County Widespread Pleas Court docket to 2 misdemeanor counts associated to inflicting the accidents. He was positioned within the county’s remedy court docket program and sentenced to 5 years and 6 months of probation.
On the identical time in 2018, Antuzzi additionally pleaded responsible to a misdemeanor rely of DUI in a 2016 incident in Edinboro, in accordance with court docket information.
Within the Presque Isle Downs & On line casino prank case, Antuzzi on Tuesday pleaded responsible to terroristic threats that brought about the evacuation of a constructing, a third-degree felony. Erie County Decide Daniel Brabender instantly sentenced him to 1 to 6 months. The sentence was within the decrease finish of the state sentencing tips, Lindquist mentioned.
“It’s a honest sentence,” Lindquist mentioned.
He mentioned Antuzzi, who he mentioned was additionally within the Navy, meant no hurt with the bomb risk. Antuzzi on the time of the hoax had previously labored in safety on the on line casino, he mentioned.
“There was no in poor health will or in poor health intentions,” Lindquist mentioned.
Antuzzi known as within the bomb risk to Presque Isle Downs & On line casino, 8199 Perry Freeway, about 9:40 p.m. on June 26. The hoax pressured the on line casino to evacuate patrons and employees from the constructing and herald explosive-detection canines from Lawrence County and Chautauqua County, New York.
No explosives have been discovered and the on line casino reopened. The evacuation price the on line casino greater than $100,000 in misplaced income, investigators mentioned.
State police mentioned Antuzzi earlier than the risk was in touch with a bartender on the on line casino. A witness reported seeing textual content messages between the 2 during which the bartender, a girl, complained about work; Antuzzi requested her if she wished him to name in a bomb risk; and he or she replied “sure,” in accordance with the affidavit of possible trigger hooked up to the prison criticism.
After studying that Antuzzi had known as within the risk from a retailer, investigators decided that he lived close to a retailer, in accordance with the affidavit. Police used the shop’s surveillance video to determine Antuzzi as making the decision.
The bartender was initially charged with felony counts of conspiracy to commit terroristic threats. These expenses have been withdrawn at her preliminary listening to, in September, and he or she was charged with disorderly conduct as a abstract. She pleaded responsible and was fined $100 plus court docket prices.
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The bartender’s lawyer, Charbel Latouf, argued that she was not complicit in any settlement with Antuzzi to make the bomb risk. He mentioned the bartender thought that Antuzzi’s textual content messages a couple of bomb risk have been “foolish feedback,” and that she laughed them off.
• In one other case in Erie County Widespread Pleas Court docket final week, a 60-year-old Buffalo man pleaded no contest on Thursday to sexually assaulting two minor women in Erie from January 2011 to October 2018.
The defendant, Noor Hussein, entered the plea to 2 counts every of indecent assault and corruption of the morals of a minor, each third-degree felonies, and one rely of indecent publicity as a first-degree misdemeanor, in accordance with court docket information.
As a part of the plea deal, the Erie County District Legal professional’s Workplace dropped 4 expenses in opposition to Hussein, together with two counts of rape as a first-degree felony, in accordance with court docket information.
Hussein, who entered his plea earlier than Decide David Ridge, faces as much as 33 years in state jail at his sentencing on Jan. 26. Hussein stays free on bond.
First Assistant District Legal professional Elizabeth Hirz, who dealt with the case, mentioned the victims’ households agreed with the plea deal.
The investigation of Hussein began in November 18, after the ladies have been interviewed by little one advocacy officers in one other state the place they resided on the time, authorities mentioned.
Detectives interviewed Hussein in Buffalo in April 2019, and so they mentioned he admitted to having sexual contact with the ladies, in accordance with the prison criticism within the case. Detectives within the District Legal professional’s Workplace charged Hussein.
• In U.S. District Court docket in Erie, a 40-year-old Erie resident pleaded responsible on Tuesday to trafficking in 840.8 grams of cocaine, or about 1.9 kilos, in November 2019.
The defendant, Joel N. Gustave Jr., pleaded responsible to the felony of possession with the intent to ship 500 grams or extra of cocaine. He was indicted on that one rely in January 2020.
Gustave faces a compulsory minimal sentence of 5 years and a most sentence of 40 years at his sentencing on March 1 earlier than U.S. District Decide Susan Paradise Baxter, who accepted Gustave’s plea.
Authorities discovered the cocaine in a automobile during which Gustave was a passenger in Erie on Nov. 1, 2019, in accordance with a protection submitting within the case. Erie police stopped the automobile, the submitting mentioned. The submitting mentioned that Gustave was accused of getting picked up the cocaine from Buffalo, and that Gustave gave a press release to the FBI “basically admitting that such was his.”
Gustave had been underneath investigation for drug trafficking for at the least a yr, in accordance with the protection submitting, which additionally mentioned the probe included confidential informants shopping for medicine from Gustave in September and October 2019. Although the November 2019 visitors cease was in Erie, Gustave was residing in Millcreek Township on the time, in accordance with the submitting.
The FBI’s Erie Space Gang Legislation Enforcement job pressure, generally known as E.A.G.L.E., investigated the case, the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace in Erie mentioned. The duty pressure contains the Erie police.