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LOCKPORT – Rashaun L. Abrams, who shot a man in the back last fall, was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of post-release supervision Monday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

It was the sentence Abrams had agreed to when he accepted a plea bargain May 22, pleading guilty to second-degree assault.

Abrams, 27, of Ontario Avenue in the Falls, shot Earl McCray, 20, in the upper back with a shotgun in an outdoor incident on Ontario Avenue Nov. 10. Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said it was “a very serious injury that almost took his life.”

Abrams, a second-time violent felon because of a 2006 weapons possession conviction, would have faced up to 25 years behind bars if he had been convicted at trial on the original charge of first-degree assault. He took the plea after rejecting it for almost two months.

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