LOCKPORT - A man who shot his mother's then-boyfriend last summer in Niagara Falls pleaded guilty Thursday in exchange for a promise of a 9-year state prison sentence.
Jason A. Pryor Jr., 23, of Sweetwood Drive, Lockport, risked up to 25 years behind bars if he had been convicted of the attempted murder charge listed in the original indictment.
He accepted a plea offer to attempted first-degree assault in the July 10 shooting of a 26-year-old man. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the man was shot in the stomach in an alley off 10th Street in the Falls.
Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III is scheduled to impose the sentence March 9. Defense attorney Andrew C. LoTempio said he would like Pryor's $75,000 bail reduced so he can be out of jail before sentencing, a request Hoffmann opposed. Murphy scheduled argument for Jan. 26, but stressed he was not making any commitment to reducing bail.