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Two men imprisoned in near-fatal Niagara Falls shooting

Lacory K. Edwards Jr., of Niagara Falls, was sentenced Friday to 12 years in state prison for shooting a man five times in the Falls last year.

The sentence was imposed by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., who on Thursday handed down a 10-year sentence for Edwards' co-defendant, Courtney A. Williams, 19, of Whitney Avenue. Both men also will face five years of post-release supervision.

Kloch said Edwards, 18, of Jordan Gardens, received a longer sentence because he was the man who shot Kyle Howes on Lindbergh Avenue Aug. 20, while Williams was present as an accomplice. Howes' life was saved by emergency surgery in Erie County Medical Center, according to his mother, Joan Howes.

When Edwards and Williams pleaded guilty in February to reduced charges of attempted first-degree assault, Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said that although Edwards was the trigger man, investigators found a Facebook photo of Williams holding the gun allegedly used in the attack.

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