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LOCKPORT – Alexander T. Carncross, an Iraq War veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, was assigned this week to Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court in the wake of a guilty plea to first-degree reckless endangerment.

“We invented our own diversion program for you,” Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas told Carncross, 24, of Shenk Road, Sanborn.

If he succeeds in veterans court, Carncross’ charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor, Farkas said, and he will be placed on probation. But if he fails, he faces up to seven years in prison.

On July 2 in his former home on Porter Road in the Town of Niagara, a friend took a loaded handgun away from the intoxicated Crancross, who wrestled with the man to try to get the gun back.