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Man takes plea deal in Niagara Falls shooting

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Friday to assault in State Supreme Court in connection with the shooting of another man last summer.

Courtney A. Williams, 19, of Whitney Avenue, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree assault, in exchange for a promise from Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. to impose a prison term of no more than 10 years when Williams returns to court April 27. In the meantime, Kloch ordered Williams held without bail in the Niagara County Jail.

Last week, co-defendant Lacory K. Edwards Jr., 18, of Jordan Gardens, pleaded guilty to the same charge and was promised a 12-year sentencing limit.

Kyle Howes of Niagara Falls was shot five times Aug. 20 on Lindbergh Avenue, but survived. Prosecutors believe Edwards pulled the trigger and Williams was present as an accomplice, although Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said there was a Facebook photo of Williams allegedly holding the gun used in the shooting.



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