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Niagara Falls man pleads guilty in assault, gun cases

LOCKPORT – Shaquan M. Shingledecker, 20, of Monroe Avenue, Niagara Falls is headed to state prison after accepting a plea deal Thursday on assault and gun possession cases.

Shingledecker admitted to third-degree assault for gashing a man’s hand with a long gun on 90th Street in the Falls April 19, and to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for stashing a loaded Browning semiautomatic pistol in the trunk of a car June 28.

Shingledecker is to be sentenced to a maximum of 2 1/2 years in prison and three years’ post-release supervision when he returns before County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III May 14. He also will have to pay $700 in restitution to the assault victim, who suffered a 12-stitch cut.

Assistant District Attorney Heather A. Sloma said police checking out a reported fight on Monroe Avenue near Niagara Street in the Falls saw a car containing at least three of those involved make an incomplete stop at a stop sign at 30th and Niagara streets.

They pulled the car over, and the driver, Cody M. Graci, 20, of Woodlawn Avenue in the Falls, allowed a search of the auto. Shingledecker’s gun was found in the trunk, Sloma said. Graci’s case remains open, but charges against two other passengers, Emily Bouton, 19, of Woodlawn Avenue, and Alicia Speer, 19, of Church Street, Youngstown, were dismissed Thursday.