MAYVILLE - A man accused of entering a Cherry Creek residence and harming its occupant last June has pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary.
Kevin Pattyson, 22, entered the plea Monday in Chautauqua County Court, District Attorney David Foley announced.
According to a police report, a male suspect entered a home on Southside Avenue on June 18 while a woman was painting inside. The man allegedly pushed the woman to the ground several times and tackled her when she tried to exit the residence.
Police said the suspect grabbed the woman by the hair, hit her head on the concrete several times, ripped a chunk of hair from her head and then ran away.
The crime was a shock to many in the village.
"This has taken place here in little, quiet Cherry Creek," Mayor Bruce Fish said at the time. "We know that we have problem areas just like any village does, but we do consider it a quiet town."
Pattyson recently was indicted by a grand jury for the burglary, and is scheduled to be sentenced June 25.
According to Foley, the court - with the consent of the district attorney's office, the victim and her family - has committed to a 10-year state prison term plus five years of post-release supervision.
Foley said he was pleased to get the plea, and thanked the victim for their patience and cooperation with investigators. The district attorney also thanked the State Police.
No reduced plea was ever sought, Foley said.
"This was an individual who made the decision to enter a home and attack a person who was not acquainted with him," Foley said. "I can't imagine what an awful ordeal this must have been for the victim, and I am happy to see that as a result of his actions he will spend the next decade behind bars."