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Amherst man avoids jail for firing gunshots at North Tonawanda bar

An Amherst man who fired several gunshots at a North Tonawanda bar after being ejected from the premises was placed on three years' probation Thursday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Daniel C. Cain, 52, of Robin Road, paid $1,988 in restitution for the damage he did to the Clover Club on Oliver Street on Nov. 16, 2015. No one was hurt in the drive-by shooting, which occurred shortly after Cain was thrown out of the bar.

"I couldn't regret this situation more. In 52 years, it's the stupidest (thing) I ever did in my life," Cain told the judge.

Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Cain was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor because there were no injuries and because she encountered problems with the evidence.

Cain said doctors at the Veterans Administration have diagnosed him with a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. On the night of the crime, he said he was drinking and had taken migraine medication.

 

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