A young Buffalo man with an admitted drug problem was ordered today to spend six years in prison for shooting another man last spring after they had argued over a car accident.
Clarence Adams, 18, of Bailey Avenue admitted he was high on drugs last May 3 when he shot Davet Frazier.
Frazier was briefly hospitalized with wounds in his left arm and chest.
During sentencing, acting State Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. McCarthy noted that he had granted Adams youthful offender status four years ago in another case.
McCarthy commended Adams' "hopefully sincere attitude" about earning a high school equivalency certificate in prison, but added that "your past has caught up with you."
Adams had pleaded guilty Jan. 11 to attempted murder and drug charges in the Frazier shooting and to violating probation in his arrest after a Buffalo stickup two years ago.
The judge today did not add any prison time for the probation charge.
The judge described the shooting of Frazier, 20, as "bizarre," saying had opened fire only because Frazier refused to leave a street corner after they argued.
Just before the shooting, the judge noted, Adams and Frazier had been arguing over a car accident in which the victim had played no part.
The shooting at Fillmore Avenue and East Utica Street after the two had argued in a nearby store was "evidence of an extreme temper," which even use of drugs did not justify, the judge told Adams.
The plan to earn a general equivalency diploma in prison indicated "growing maturity," said the judge, adding that he is convinced education counteracts the negative effects of criminal activity.
But he also sentenced Adams to five years of supervision by court authorities after he leaves prison.
The time in prison and on parole will provide some needed "oversight over your activity for the next 11 years," the judge told Adams.
Adams had asked the judge to delay sentencing for about 60 days so he could complete his high school equivalency work in the Erie County Holding Center.
Court officials said Adams has been jailed since he was arrested three days after the shooting while trespassing at a used-car lot on Genesee Street near Theodore Street.
Police said Adams was carrying seven envelopes of crack cocaine when he was taken into custody.
Prosecutor Glenn Pincus said Frazier, a Buffalo-area factory worker, still feels some effects from the .25-caliber bullets that hit him.