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Falls man heads to prison for gun possession, assault

LOCKPORT – A 20-year-old Niagara Falls man was urged by his attorney Thursday to clean up his act, as he was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in state prison for handgun possession and assault.

Shaquan M. Shingledecker of Monroe Avenue pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree assault. He was arrested after police found a loaded semiautomatic pistol in the trunk of his car June 28 and for gashing a man’s hand with a long gun April 19, 2014, during what defense attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said was a fistfight. The June 28 car stop came after police were checking out another fight and stopped a car containing some of the reported participants.

Scalzo told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that Shingledecker’s father committed a murder in the youth’s presence when he was 13. He said Shingledecker needs to decide “whether he’s going to go the way of his father or pull his life together.” Besides the prison term, Murphy imposed three years of post-release supervision.