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Falls man goes to prison for role in gunfight

LOCKPORT – A man who fired a gun out the second-floor window of a Niagara Falls house into a crowd outside was sentenced Thursday to 2½ years in prison and three years of post-release supervision.

Jimmie L. Caldwell, 29, of Welch Avenue, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the wake of the Dec. 22 incident.

Defense attorney Robert R. Fogg said there were 17 to 20 people outside the house on Whitney Avenue near 17th Street, after some unwelcome visitors from Buffalo showed up and started shooting into the home. Fogg said Caldwell admitted returning fire.

Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell, no relation to the defendant, said one woman who was walking past the house was shot in the leg, and there could have been other injuries from the gunfire.

“I’m sorry for the community,” Jimmie Caldwell said. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III replied, “Gunfire isn’t the solution to problems in the community. You must realize that.”