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Woman sentenced to lengthy prison term for attempted murder

A 21-year-old Buffalo woman was sentenced this week to lengthy prison terms for firing shots from a .32-caliber pistol at a woman outside a Buffalo nightclub and then at a passing car as she ran away.

Janiera G. Ross was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison for second-degree attempted murder, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. Ross admitted firing the shots at close range, wounding Jherilynn Williams on the 1400 block of Main Street, near Glenwood Avenue, about 3:30 p.m. March 24.

When Ross fled, she was almost struck by a car. One of the four college students in the car yelled at Ross for running in front of the car, and she fired multiple shots at them, prosecutors said.

She was sentenced to two and one-third to seven years for first-degree reckless endangerment for firing shots at the car. None of the students was hurt.

State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller ordered the sentences to be served consecutively, meaning her total prison sentence is 14 and one-third to 19 years in prison.

She had faced up to 25 years in prison.