Cheektowaga woman admits to involvement in machete attack

BUFFALO – A Cheektowaga woman accused of trying to kill her boyfriend in concert with another person last September has pleaded guilty according to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.

Vivian Rodriguez, 47, of Cheektowaga, pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case to one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, and to one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence – both felonies.

Mr. Flynn’s office says back on September 6, 2018, Ms. Rodriguez attempted to cause the death of her boyfriend while acting in concert with another person. She allowed the individual to enter her boyfriend’s 10th Street home in the City of Buffalo and that individual attempted to strike the victim with a machete. During the struggle, the attacker was subsequently killed by the victim.

Ms. Rodriguez then removed the victim’s security camera from the home and placed it inside her vehicle in an attempt to eliminate any video evidence of the crime.

Mr. Flynn commends the investigative work by the Buffalo Police, including Detective Chris Sterlace and Officer Maurice Foster.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John P. Gerken, Jr. of the DA’s Tactical Prosecution Unit.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the highest charge in the indictment against her.  She faces a maximum of 25-years in prison when she is sentenced on Monday, March 25, 2019, at 9:30 am.  She remains in jail without bail.

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