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Amherst gunman takes plea in Lockport shooting

LOCKPORT – An Amherst man pleaded guilty Friday in connection with a Nov. 5 shooting spree on Walnut Street in Lockport.

Derek J. Burgler, 22, of Avalon Drive, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and faces up to seven years in prison when he returns before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III on April 1. In the meantime, he’s free on a $25,000 bail bond.

Burgler entered his plea three days after skipping a court date when the same offer was available.

Besides a possible prison sentence, Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Burgler must pay a $500 insurance deductible for a woman whose parked vehicle was struck by a stray bullet, which ruptured its gas tank.

Hoffmann said Burgler fired at least four shots from what he said was a 9-millimeter handgun he obtained in Buffalo. Two were fired in the driveway of the home of Brian M. Morrow, 25, an alleged Walnut Street marijuana dealer police said Burgler sought to rob. Morrow is facing charges accusing him of having a pot-growing operation in his basement. Two other rounds were fired when both men fled in vehicles and a window of Morrow’s sport utility vehicle was shot out.