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April 19, 2013

Matthew Davis, accused in botched burglary and slaying, sentenced to 25 years to life in prison

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — Janice Bradberry, clutching a picture of her murdered son in her hands, asked Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J, Murphy III for “justice” and a “maximum sentence” for his killer.

She got both on Thursday.

“I’m overjoyed,” she said as tears flowed from her eyes, “We got the victory.”

Bradberry made those comments outside of court, just moments after Murphy sentenced Matthew “Bones” Davis to 25 years to life in prison for his conviction on two counts of second-degree murder and single counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary in the slaying of her son Antoine in his Rainbow Boulevard apartment in August 2011.

Murphy also denied Davis’ request for a new trial.

Before the judge imposed his sentence, Bradberry looked directly at Davis and in a clear and firm voice demand to know why he beat Antoine to death.

“To my knowledge my son never did you wrong,” she said. “So please inform me why you thought it was necessary to take him from us.”

Bradberry also asked Davis why, if he was innocent, he ran from the area just hours after her son was killed. 

“Why did you run if you had done nothing?” she asked. “I try every day to forgive you Matthew, because me and my family need closure. But I can not forgive a man who had complete disregard to my family, to my child and to me directly.”

First Assistant District Attorney Dorreen Hoffmann told Murphy that Davis was “cold and calculating.”

“There was a violent struggle (in Antoine’s apartment),” Hoffmann said. “we saw the pictures from inside the apartment. It was a bloody mess.”

It took a Niagara County Court jury just two hours to reach a verdict that found Davis guilty. Police said Davis killed Bradberry in a botched robbery.

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