Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 34-year-old Mark S. Shadle of Kenmore was sentenced this morning before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to 23 years to life in prison. Today, he was sentenced as a persistent violent felony offender.

On October 28, 2022, at approximately 11:45 a.m., the defendant, while acting in concert with co-defendant Jason K. Evans, forcibly entered a home on Bucyrus Drive in the Town of Amherst with the intent to commit a burglary. Once inside of the residence, the defendants threatened the homeowner. The defendants caused injuries to the victim by beating him during the commission of the robbery. The defendants also bound the victim, which caused severe lacerations to his arms. The defendants fled after stealing various items from the home.

A family member returned home and called 911. The victim was taken by ambulance to ECMC where he was treated for serious physical injuries to his head, chest, arms and legs.

On December 8, 2023, a jury found Shadle and Evans guilty of one count of Burglary in the First Degree and one count of Robbery in the First Degree (Class “B” violent felonies). Jurors rendered their decision after less than two hours of deliberation following a seven-day trial, convicting the defendants of all counts in the indictment against them.

His co-defendant, 37-year-old Jason K. Evans of Depew, is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Eagan on Monday, March 25, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. Evans continues to be held without bail.

DA Flynn commends the Amherst Police Department for their work in this investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher S. Safulko of the Homicide Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Nicholas C. Bussi of the Felony Trials Bureau.

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