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Niagara Falls gunman takes plea deal in two shootings

Vincent K. Smith Jr. of Niagara Falls has pleaded guilty to two felonies for a drive-by shooting and a gunfight in which a man was shot in the face.

In return for the guilty pleas, Smith drew a promise of an eight-year prison term.

Smith, 21, admitted to two counts of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Smith was involved in gunfire outside the Hometown Market on Pierce Avenue in Niagara Falls on Nov. 19.

Dedrick Williams, 37, of Niagara Falls, was left with a bullet lodged in his neck, prosecutor Doreen M. Hoffmann said after Smith's arraignment.

Smith was one of two men who fired 14 or 15 bullets from a passing car into a house on 22nd Street on Dec. 18. The second gunman has not been apprehended. The driver, Jha'mere Mulkey, 19, of Falls Street, pleaded guilty Monday and risks up to seven years in prison.



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