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Niagara Falls gunman receives maximum sentence for shooting store window

LOCKPORT - A second-time gun felon was sentenced Tuesday to 3 1/2 to seven years in state prison, the maximum sentence available for shooting out the window of a Coastal gas station on 19th Street in Niagara Falls.

Michael S. Loverdi, 24, of 20th Street in the Falls, had pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment for firing six rounds from a .22-caliber rifle. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told him, "What you did that night was crazy. It was violent and it was dangerous."

A presentencing report said Loverdi was hoping to buy marijuana outside the store.

"The whole situation was a disaster," Loverdi said. "I can be a productive member of society. It ain't hard. ... I almost completed parole."

He had previously served 16 months of a 2 1/2-year sentence for having an illegal handgun in 2013.

Murphy rejected the gas station owner's $1,200 restitution demand as too high, and ordered Loverdi to pay $700 after his release from prison.


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