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Falls man rejects plea deal in shooting case

LOCKPORT - The third defendant in the April 25 shooting of a Niagara Falls 18-year-old rejected a plea offer today, as his co-defendants had done Monday.
Jacob J. Taggart, 23, of Niagara Avenue, Niagara Falls, said no to a chance to plead guilty to a Class D felony. Monday, Marlyn M. Rubin, 20, of Niagara Street, and Paul E. Buck Jr., 23, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, made the same decision. A Class D felony carries a seven-year maximum prison term.
The three are scheduled for trial Dec. 17, although any of the three who changes his mind about pleading guilty before then will have to testify against the others. A conviction at trial would leave the defendants facing as long as 25 years behind bars.
The victim, Anthony McDougald, 18, still has a bullet lodged in his chest from the shooting at 12th and Niagara streets.