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Son of would-be killer pleads guilty to sex crimes

LOCKPORT – Jerald Lasher, 27, of Miller Road, Town of Niagara, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two sex felonies involving separate victims three years apart.

Lasher is the son of Thomas M. Lasher, 50, who was convicted Friday of attempted murder and first-degree assault in the New Year’s Eve 2014 shooting of his wife’s lover. Jerald Lasher testified during his father’s trial about how Thomas returned home after the shooting, unloaded his shotgun and waited for police to arrive. Thomas Lasher faces up to 25 years in prison.

After Wednesday’s plea bargain, Jerald Lasher faces no more than eight years in prison, plus up to 10 years of post-release supervision. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III will make the call April 27, one week after Lasher’s father is sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. in the attempted murder case.

The younger Lasher admitted to attempted second-degree rape for having sex with a 14-year-old girl on Christmas Day 2012, and to attempted first-degree sexual abuse for an encounter with another woman on Dec. 21, 2015. State Police announced when they arrested Lasher in the latter case that he had punched the woman in the face repeatedly while raping her.