Buffalo, New York, January 6, 2020 - Larell Watkins of Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty to two counts in a federal indictment charging him with a racketeering conspiracy and a narcotics conspiracy. The charges relate to Mr. Watkins' role in criminal activities that took place in and around the Town Gardens Apartments and the east side of Buffalo between 2014 and 2018. Mr. Watkins entered his pleas of guilty this afternoon in Buffalo before United States District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. If District Judge Vilardo accepts the plea deal agreed to by the parties at sentencing, Mr. Watkins will be sentenced to 19 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy
Tonawanda, New York, August 28, 2019 - John Guercio of Tonawanda, New York, is the homeowner of the residence on Ebling Avenue in Tonawanda, New York, that was the scene of a brutal murder and shooting yesterday. Guercio is an employee and co-owner of Guercio & Sons on Grant Street in Buffalo, New York. Guercio was friends with Danielle Cretacci, the woman who was murdered last night. Cretacci is a former employee of Guercio & Sons. Guercio allowed Ms. Cretacci and her two children to live in his house earlier this year when she had difficulty finding housing and reached out to Guercio for help. Guercio also helped care for Cretacci's children while they were living at his residence.
Williamsville, New York, September 20, 2019 - Jeffery Pietrzyk, Sr. of Grand Island, New York, was charged via criminal information with conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and money laundering offenses. The charges relate back to Mr. Pietrzyk's time as Administrative Assistant to the Center for Human Resources in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Pietrzyk held this position at the CHR from 2010 until he retired in July 2014.
Tonawanda, New York, October 4, 2019 - John Guercio of Tonawanda, New York, is the homeowner of the residence that was the scene of the brutal murder of Danielle Cretacci and the shooting of her two children in August 2019. This afternoon, Tonawanda Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced an increase to the reward available for information leading to an arrest of the murderer of Cretacci.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 22, 2019 - Jeffery Pietrzyk, Sr. of Grand Island, New York, pleaded guilty to a two-count criminal information charging him with conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and money laundering.