LOCKPORT – Donald Rodgers Jr., accused of being the driver as a passenger fired gunshots at a man on Niagara Street in Niagara Falls last year, rejected a plea offer Wednesday and is scheduled for trial starting Monday in Niagara County Court.
Rodgers, 22, of Cudaback Avenue, was offered a plea to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon with a commitment by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to sentence him to no more than five years in prison, on top of a sentence Rodgers is awaiting for second-degree assault. The latter plea covered two attacks on a Falls man in 2013, including one in which the victim was shot in the arm. Rodgers could be sentenced to as along as seven years for that. If Rodgers is convicted as charged at trial, he faces a 15-year maximum for the drive-by shooting case, plus seven years in the 2013 assaults.
The gunman in the June 17 drive-by shooting, Lester M. Streeter, 20, of Orleans Avenue, was sentenced last month to five years behind bars and three years of post-release supervision.