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Plea deal offered to accused Falls gunman

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man, charged with two drive-by shootings in June and gunfire in an alley on New Year’s Day, has been given until Sept. 18 to consider a plea offer.

Lester M. Streeter, 19, of Orleans Avenue, could plead guilty to two Class D felonies, but he’s interested in a sentencing commitment from Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

“If there is some kind of commitment, we may have a plea,” court-appointed defense attorney Michael Putzak said. Murphy said he was reluctant to decide on a sentence in advance; the maximum would be 14 years in prison. However, he did make a commitment July 29 in the case of co-defendant Donald Rodgers Jr., 22, of Cudaback Avenue. Rodgers has yet to take a plea in the drive-by shootings, although he did plead guilty to an unrelated home invasion.

Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said Streeter’s deal will be withdrawn if he doesn’t take it at the next court date.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Streeter and Rodgers are yet to be indicted in connection with the shootings, in which no one was hurt, on Niagara Street in the Falls on June 18 and 19. Streeter also is charged with firing a gun in an alley off Memorial Parkway on Jan. 1.

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