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Niagara Falls man again rejects plea offer in attempted murder case

LOCKPORT – For the second time, Shannon L. Lightfoot said no Monday in Niagara County Court to a plea offer that could have limited his prison time in a double attempted murder case to 15 years.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Lightfoot, 27, of Garden Avenue, Niagara Falls, is expected to go to trial in February on an indictment charging him with firing 27 rounds from an assault weapon in an effort to kill two men at 19th and Niagara streets in the Falls May 30. He faces a potential 40-year sentence if convicted.

Also, Lightfoot faces a second indictment accusing him of shooting a man in the buttocks during a May 18 drive-by incident on Highland Avenue in the Falls. Prosecutors offered to drop that case if Lightfoot took the plea deal on the May 30 shooting case. The maximum sentence if Lightfoot is convicted of the May 18 shooting is seven years in prison.