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Alleged Falls shooter takes plea deal in drug case

LOCKPORT – The Niagara Falls man accused of shooting the same man twice in separate incidents accepted a plea deal in an unrelated drug case Wednesday, but the offer may have some bearing on the outcome of the shooting cases.

Anthony L. Riley, 25, of Welch Avenue, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine Jan. 12, 2015, in the Falls. It was one of three drug deals he was accused of that month.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon could give Riley 2½ years in prison for that when he is sentenced July 18. But Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said if Riley pleads guilty in the shooting cases, the prosecution will recommend concurrent sentencing to the term for the cocaine case, and Sheldon agreed to do so. The concurrent sentencing pledge will not be operative if Riley goes to trial.

If convicted at trial for both shootings, Riley faces a maximum of 40 years in prison. No plea offers have been made public in connection with the shootings of DeMario A. Chandler, 28, on Sept. 26 and March 11 in the Falls.