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Woman gets 11 years in shooting

A Buffalo woman was sentenced to 11 years in prison Thursday for shooting a man who police said she mistakenly assumed was trying to undercut her alleged drug business.

State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia sentenced Ebony Gordon, 24, who has been in prison since December for violating probation, for shooting Gary Cunningham Sr. five times last May 2.

When Cunningham, 52, turned to Gordon in the courtroom and said, "Ebony, I want you to know I forgive you," she tearfully thanked him and told him that "takes a real weight off my shoulders."

On Dec. 20, Gordon -- who the same day accepted a prosecution deal to plead guilty to felony assault in the shooting -- was sentenced to seven years in prison for a probation violation related to a 2002 robbery conviction. Gordon was originally indicted on a charge of attempted murder in the shooting.

Buscaglia made his sentence concurrent with the prison term for the probation violation, court officials said.

Prosecutor Daniel M. Killelea said Gordon, who lived on Antwerp Street, was never prosecuted for drug trafficking but had apparently headed a drug "crew" using a first-floor flat on May Street as a "drug house."

Killelea said police determined that Gordon had shot Cunningham, who the prosecutor said was a crack cocaine addict, because she believed he was bringing people into his second-floor flat to use drugs and undercutting her business.

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