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Son of man just freed from prison pleads guilty in Lockport shooting

Friday, Cory Epps left prison after serving almost 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

Javonte Epps-Fisher (Photo courtesy of Lockport Police Department)

Now his son, Javonte L. Epps-Fisher, is headed to prison for shooting a man on Orchard Street in Lockport Oct. 13.

After huddling with his father and defense attorney Ann Nichols, Epps-Fisher, 24, of Elmwood Avenue, Lockport, pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree assault. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. could impose a sentence of anywhere from 3 1/2 to 15 years when Epps-Fisher returns to court Feb. 12.

Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Epps-Fisher shot Curtis McCoy, 55, after an argument. Hoffmann said the bullet went through McCoy's arm, and he was scheduled for surgery Monday to remove it from his back.

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