WNY woman confesses to holding family hostage

Posted at 12:46 PM, Oct 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-05 12:46:28-04

A Western New York woman confessed to holding three members of her estranged family husband hostage one year ago.

Thirty-three-year-old Latisha Maxwell has pleaded guilty to three counts of second degree kidnapping and one count of second degree criminal possession of a weapon.

According to the District Attorney's Office, these are the highest charges that Maxwell could have been convicted of if the case had gone to trial.

Maxwell admitted to going to her estranged husband's family home on October 5, 2014 and taking three members of her estranged husband's family hostage. The District Attorney's Office says Maxwell pointed a loaded semi-automatic pistol at the family and demanded to speak to her estranged husband. Maxwell then told him that unless he came over, she would kill everyone in the house.

Buffalo Police and hostage negotiators responded to the house, but Maxwell refused to budge. After a few hours, Maxwell shot herself. The injury was non-life threatening. She was treated and released from ECMC

Maxwell faces up to 50 years in state prison. She will be sentenced on October 29.




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