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Falls man rejects plea offer in double shooting case

LOCKPORT – Shannon L. Lightfoot will go to trial on two counts of attempted murder after rejecting a plea offer Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Lightfoot, 27, of Garden Avenue, Niagara Falls, turned down a plea to a Class C felony that carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence. He risks a 40-year maximum sentence if convicted of trying to kill Christopher Carter and Antoine Hill May 30 near the corner of 19th and Niagara streets in the Falls. Police said 27 rounds were fired from an assault rifle.

County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III postponed Lightfoot’s trial from Nov. 30 to Jan. 4 after learning that DNA testing on blood found on the door frame of Lightfoot’s home had not been completed. Lightfoot gave a DNA sample Thursday to facilitate that.

Lightfoot faces a separate indictment that accuses him of shooting a man in the buttocks May 18 on Highland Avenue in Niagara Falls. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.