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Niagara Falls man pleads guilty to shooting the same man twice

LOCKPORT - Anthony L. Riley, who was charged with shooting the same man twice in Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to two felonies Thursday.

Riley's attorney, Andrew C. LoTempio, said Riley has never told him what his problem was with DeMario A. Chandler, the victim in the shootings that occurred Sept. 26, 2015, and March 11 of this year.

Riley, 25, of Welch Avenue in the Falls, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the first incident and to attempted first-degree assault for the second shooting.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon accepted a plea bargain that limited Riley's sentence to no more than 10 years in prison, plus post-release supervision. She will impose the sentence officially Dec. 28.

The time may be added to a two-year sentence Sheldon gave Riley July 20 for an unrelated cocaine-sale felony.

Chandler was shot in the knee in the first incident near the corner of 19th Street and Welch Avenue. In the second case, Chandler was shot in the chest and both thighs after being chased down 18th Street.

A co-defendant in the first incident, Dyrek E. Hall, 20, of 21st Street, pleaded guilty to an unrelated gun possession charge and was sentenced to three years in prison.

At Hall's sentencing Oct. 5, his attorney, Robert Viola, contended that Hall was having a fistfight with Chandler in front of a 19th Street convenience store on Sept. 26, 2015, when Chandler was shot. Viola said Hall had no knowledge the shooting was coming.

Chandler, of 18th Street, pleaded not guilty Oct. 11 to a six-count indictment that charged him with selling cocaine July 12 and clonazepam, a prescription drug used to treat seizures and anxiety, July 27, both to a police informant in Niagara Falls.

LoTempio said he didn't know if drugs were part of the reason for Riley's apparent dislike of Chandler.


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