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SUSPECT ADMITS PAROLE VIOLATION

A Buffalo man accused of shooting at police officers late last year pleaded guilty today to a parole violation related to earlier cases.

Walter Knightner, 20, of Box Avenue, faces about six months in the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden on the parole violation but could end up in prison for life for allegedly shooting at police.

City Judge Andrew C. LoTempio imposed the maximum-allowable one-year jail term on Knightner's guilty plea to violation of probation. An Erie County grand jury indicted Knightner Jan. 26 on first-degree attempted murder, drug and traffic charges for allegedly using a 9mm handgun to exchange gunfire with four Buffalo police officers Dec. 10.

Because the case involves an alleged attempt to kill police officers, Knightner faces the same mandatory prison term of 25 years to life normally faced by people convicted of second-degree murder.

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