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LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man was given a prison sentence Tuesday for firing several gunshots out of the second-floor window of his Pine Avenue apartment on Sept. 5.

Jesse A. Johnson, 34, pleaded guilty Oct. 23 to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas called the action a very dangerous thing and said he would have to serve time in state prison, sentencing him to 1 1/2 years in state prison and three years post release supervision.

Johnson’s attorney John Mattio said Johnson was drinking when he shot into a closed, padlocked area. He said he had been drinking because he was distraught when a cousin died and over the recent loss of his job.