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2018-06-07 / Local News

Several cold cases solved with help of DNA evidence

Brandon DeBlasi, 22, and Victoria Henderson, 20, have entered guilty pleas to various charges related to cold case investigations after DNA evidence connected them to their crimes, according to John Flynn, Erie County District Attorney.

DeBlasi pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in the third degree on May 9.

On June 13, 2016, DeBlasi entered Kings Total Car Care on Broadway in Depew by breaking the door handle with a cement block, the District Attorney’s Office said. Once inside, he reportedly stole a van and various tools. Authorities said DeBlasi’s blood was found on the broken door handle, and the DNA evidence linked him to the crime.

DeBlasi, a prior felon, faces a maximum of four years in prison when he is sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice John Michalski on June 12.

Henderson, of the City of Tonawanda, pleaded guilty on May 10 to criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and offering a false instrument for her role in the burglary.

Henderson admitted to forging DMV paperwork to sell the stolen van, authorities said. She faces up to a year in prison when she is sentenced by Michalski on July 30.

Assistant District Attorney Brian Langenfeld of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau prosecuted these cases.

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