LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls man accepted a plea offer Friday in connection with the shooting of a man on Lindbergh Avenue in the Falls Aug. 20.
Lacory K. Edwards Jr., 18, of Jordan Gardens, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree assault in exchange for a pledge from State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. to sentence him to no more than 12 years in prison. Edwards, who faces a mandatory minimum of 3 1/2 years, will return to court April 7.
Attempted murder charges remain pending against Edwards' co-defendant, Courtney Williams, 19, of Whitney Avenue in Niagara Falls, but Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said police believe Edwards was the man who pulled the trigger and shot Kyle Howes five times.
The victim told police he was waiting for Williams to pick him up when he was shot. He said he saw Williams approaching with two other men. Hoffmann said police found a photo on Facebook of Williams holding what was believed to be the same gun with which Howes was shot.