LOCKPORT – Donnell J. Kent of North Tonawanda pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court to shooting his girlfriend in the eye with a BB gun and jumping bail from mental health court last year.
The admissions brought to five the total of felonies for which Kent, 20, of Second Avenue, is awaiting sentencing.
Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said the plea deal included dismissal of two counts each of criminal contempt and witness tampering for phone calls Kent made from jail to his 16-year-old girlfriend, who was blinded in her right eye by the May 8 shooting.
Kent, who said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 16 but is not taking any medication, was set for sentencing Jan. 9 by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas for reduced charges of attempted second-degree assault and second-degree bail jumping. Farkas said she will likely sentence Kent to concurrent terms of one and a third to four years.
In Niagara Falls City Court, Kent has pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and two counts of attempted third-degree burglary. He failed to show up for mental health court in that city, leading to the bail jumping counts.