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Byron man takes plea deal for shooting at deputy

BATAVIA – A Byron man pleaded guilty in Genesee County Court Monday to attempted second-degree murder for shooting at a Genesee County Sheriff’s deputy on March 7.

David M. O’Connor, 55, who has been jailed since he was arrested in his room at the Byron Hotel, entered an Alford plea, and is facing 12½ years in prison when sentenced on Aug. 30. A spokesman for the district attorney’s office confirmed the plea and sentencing deal.

O’Connor was convicted of shooting at Deputy Andrew Hale as he and Deputy Joseph Corona responded to a traffic incident in a parking lot across the street from the hotel. As Hale was sitting in the driver’s seat of the patrol car, the rear window of the vehicle shattered from a shot O’Connor fired from his .22-caliber rifle, narrowly missing Hale.

In May, a Genesee County grand jury indicted O’Connor for attempted aggravated murder of a police officer, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree criminal mischief.

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