LOCKPORT – An Iraq War veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree reckless endangerment in connection with a wrestling match with a friend over a loaded handgun.

Alexander T. Carncross, 24, of Shenk Road, Sanborn, told Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas that he began PTSD treatment the day after the July 2 incident in his former home on Porter Road in the Town of Niagara.

Assistant District Attorney Theresa L. Prezioso said a friend took the .38-caliber Smith & Wesson away from Carncross, who was intoxicated and struggled with the other man to try to get it back.

Carncross said he’s feeling better since starting treatment. Farkas said that when Carncross returns to court Feb. 7, she will probably assign him to veterans’ court in Buffalo. If he succeeds in the treatment program there, she will likely reduce his charge to a misdemeanor with a sentence of probation. The maximum penalty for the charge is seven years in prison.