Niagara County District Attorney Brian D. Seaman announced a Niagara County jury convicted Atrel M. Hudson, age 29, of murder in the first degree, burglary in the second degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, in the killing of 28-year-old Mariah Wilson in her Niagara Falls apartment on Sept. 4, 2020.
Seaman stated, “Mariah Wilson was a young single mother living with her two young children in Niagara Falls. This defendant entered her home in the middle of the night, entered her bedroom, brutally beat her, and then shot her to death while her children were in the other room. These despicable crimes merit the maximum allowable sentence: life without the possibility of parole. A person who can commit crimes of this brutality, against a defenseless young woman, should never see a moment of freedom again.”
The indictment and conviction in this case was the result of an extensive investigation by the Niagara Falls Police Department and the indispensable work of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office forensic laboratory. The case was tried by Seaman personally and First Assistant District Attorney Doreen Hoffmann.
Hudson is remanded to the custody of the sheriff and returns to court on Aug. 9 to be sentenced by County Court Judge John Ottaviano on this conviction – and a conviction of robbery in the first degree for the gunpoint robbery of a 7-11, also in September of 2020. The Jury acquitted Hudson of sexual abuse and murder in the first degree based on sexual abuse counts.