Guilty plea in cold case of WWI veteran's death

Sep 7, 2017

A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a World War I veteran more than three decades ago.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says 51-year-old Saundra Adams entered the plea Wednesday in State Supreme Court, just a day into jury selection for her murder trial.

Adams, a librarian, admitted that she and an unknown accomplice broke into a Buffalo home in June 1983 and caused the death of 92-year-old Edmund Schreiber. The original indictment accused the two of tying up Schreiber and strangling the Purple Heart war veteran with his own neckties.

Adams' plea comes almost a year to the day that she was arrested and charged. She faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when she is sentenced in November.