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Niagara Falls man takes plea offer in drive-by shooting case

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man, facing trial next month on two counts of attempted murder, resolved another case Monday by pleading guilty Monday to a felony in connection with a separate drive-by shooting.

Shannon L. Lightfoot, 27, of Garden Avenue, Niagara Falls, admitted to first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in connection with the May 18 incident in which Lightfoot allegedly shot a man in the buttocks from a moving vehicle on Highland Avenue in the Falls.

The plea came on the day a jury was to be chosen for a trial in that case.

Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner recommended concurrent sentencing in case Lightfoot is convicted in the attempted murder trial, but Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III made no promises and scheduled sentencing on the driver’s license charge for May 2. It carries a four-year maximum sentence.

Lightfoot is awaiting trial on an indictment accusing him of firing 27 rounds from an assault weapon at 19th and Niagara streets in the Falls May 30 in an alleged attempt to kill two men, who were not hurt. Lightfoot has twice rejected plea offers that would have limited his prison time on that case to 15 years; the maximum if he is convicted is 40 years.