Five years ago, Homer Marciniak, an 77 year old man living in Medina, New York, was assaulted in his home by a group of men trying to steal his comic collection. Threatened, tied up and beaten, Homer died from a heart attack the next day.
Yesterday, the final defendant in the case, Albert Parsons admitted taking part in the burglary that turned violent. He faces up to 20 years in jail when he is sentenced.
Parsons will face 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
The comics, valued at over $40,000 including Batman, Superman and Flash titles were the target of Rico J. Vendetti, owner of East Side Gold and Audio Pawn Shop and Al's Green Tavern in Rochester, who organized the raid. He pled guilty on a charge of racketeering and will be sentenced next month.
Donald R. Griffin pled guilty to committing a murder in aid of a racketeering enterprise. Others found guilty include Terry Stewart, sentenced to 55 months for racketeering, Arlene Combs, convicted of racketeering, Brandon Meade and Dayon Shaver, both convicted of conspiring to traffic in stolen goods across state lines. And Juan Javier, a juvenile at the time of the burglary, was convicted of robbery.