BUFFALO, NY - "I wanted justice done because of the violent attack on my uncle," said Paula Goree, niece of 96-year-old Levi Clayton. She is thankful and has been prayerful since the arrest and arraignment of an 18-year-old charged with a brutal, violent home invasion in November.
Levi Clayton suffered a broken jaw and according to Goree has bleeding on the brain and does not always recognize people.
Justice Feggans, 18, is charged with robbery and burglary. He remains in jail on $250,000 bail. Goree, who often stays at the Longview Avenue home where Clayton has resided for decades, said she does not know Feggans, but it was a name she heard as a possible suspect from the very beginning.
"He seems to be OK on one side and then on the other side he's doing a violent attack on my uncle, I need to see how this came about." Up until his arrest this week, Justice Feggans was the star basketball player at Riverside High School.
The other people connected to the crime remain at-large. Goree said if police don't find them soon, her family will put up a financial reward.
Police say the home was the subject of a raid last year because a relative may have used it as a stash house for drugs, weapons and cash, but completely unknown to the elderly deacon. Goree denies that the November home invasion was an inside job.
Police say the crime was not random, however, the family believes "this can happen to anyone. The public should be fearful," she said. "They're trying to pacify this and band-aid this and tell the community they shouldn't be concerned is a concern of mine because they need to be concerned."
Clayton is a deacon at Friendship Baptist Church in Buffalo.