Unlicensed bounty hunter gets jail time for armed, overnight raid of Buffalo home

Unlicensed bounty hunter will get jail time for armed, in a single day raid of Buffalo house

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BUFFALO, NY (MB) — A person who unlawfully invaded a Buffalo duplex whereas searching for a fugitive goes to spend time behind bars.

In a single day in January 2021, Dennis White, 36, entered a house on Oakdale Place seeking a person wished on a bench warrant out of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. The constructing belonged to the fugitive’s brother, Jake Reinhardt.

Reinhardt says his brother had by no means even lived on the duplex, nor was he there on the time. When the state of affairs was unfolding, Reinhardt thought it was Buffalo police who have been making an attempt to get into his house his, since a number of police autos have been exterior.

In live performance with one other individual, White was performing as a bail enforcement agent, or bounty hunter, however he was not licensed to take action.

On the time, he was armed with both a rifle or a shotgun. Prosecutors say White pointed the gun on the home-owner, his fiance his, and two grownup tenants dwelling upstairs.

To be able to get upstairs, prosecutors say White broken the door.

Erie County District Legal professional John Flynn, who has known as White a “legislation enforcement wannabe,” says “As a bail bondsmen, you haven’t any proper to enter a third-party house. Anybody else’s house is off limits with no search warrant.”

At White’s sentencing Friday morning, State Supreme Courtroom Choose M. William Boller chided White for failing to cooperate with probation officers. The decide mentioned White did not return telephone calls, missed one assembly, after which arrived a half-hour late for the rescheduled interview, the place he apparently refused to reply among the questions requested by the probation officers.

Due to that, Boller reneged on a dedication he made this previous summer season that he would solely sentence White to probation with a wonderful.

“I do not assume he takes this severely now,” Boller mentioned.

James Maloney, White’s lawyer, requested for an adjournment of the sentencing so he may glean extra particulars from his consumer in regards to the decide’s criticisms.

However Baller refused.

“And that’s the reason he’s going to jail at the moment as a result of he did not cooperate with probation,” Boller mentioned. “I instructed you to cooperate! You are not the boss on telling what probation officers want, they’re!”

Boller sentenced White to 60 days in jail. White will even serve two years and 10 months on probation upon his launch. Along with that, White can’t have any contact with the victims for 5 years.

“Let’s speak in regards to the victims of this case once you got here in with that gun and terrorized that home?” Boller mentioned. “That is who I’m occupied with at the moment, and I used to be nonetheless prepared to solely give him a wonderful and probation till he confirmed me that he wants an angle adjustment. I do not know what else to do?”

Three youngsters have been house when this all passed off. This previous November, White pleaded responsible to 10 misdemeanor counts in opposition to him:

  • prison trespassing (two counts)
  • menacing (4 counts)
  • endangering the welfare of a kid (three counts)
  • prison mischief (one depend)

Evan Anstey is an Related Press Award and Emmy-nominated digital producer who has been a part of the Minus Better workforce since 2015. See extra of his work right here and observe him on Twitter.