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Sentence reduced in Niagara Falls shooting case

The sentence was reduced Friday for a man convicted of attempted murder and other charges in a 2013 shooting that left a Niagara Falls man paralyzed from the waist down.

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that it was illegal for Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to make the sentence for criminal possession of a weapon run consecutively to that for the attempted murder and assault charges against Cordarise M. Houston, 27. The effect is to shorten Houston’s sentence from 32 years to 25 years.

Houston is serving time in Elmira Correctional Facility for shooting John Petty seven times on May 26, 2013, in the victim’s Cudaback Avenue apartment. At Houston’s sentencing, Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann speculated that Houston wanted to silence Petty for allegedly having knowledge of Houston’s purported involvement in the May 19, 2013, murder of Joseph Medley Sr. of Niagara Falls. Neither Houston nor anyone else has ever been charged in connection with that killing because of insufficient evidence, Hoffman said at the time.

Other than the sentence, the five-judge appellate panel rejected every other objection Houston raised to the conduct of his trial.

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