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Niagara Falls man takes plea offer in gunfire case

A man who fired a handgun on Whitney Avenue in Niagara Falls last summer accepted a plea offer as his trial was to begin Thursday, and as part of the deal, charges against two co-defendants were dropped.

Demetrius R. Hayes, 29, of Pierce Avenue in the Falls, pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment. Defense attorney Frank LoTempio III said Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III agreed to a sentencing limit of one year in jail. He will make the call July 20.

Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said there were many people around when the gun was fired July 16, but no one was hurt.

Charges were dismissed against two other Falls men who were present: Hayes' brother Wilbert Hayes III, 31, of Ashland Avenue, and Christopher D. Carter, 26, of Niagara Street. However, both men are being held as parole violators, Hayes for second-degree manslaughter and Carter for felony drug possession.

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