LOCKPORT – Eric A. Easton, who according to a prosecutor reacted to his cancer diagnosis by getting drunk and randomly shooting at houses and a vehicle with a rifle, entered his third guilty plea Tuesday in Niagara County Court.
Easton, 29, of Ham Road, Basom, admitted to first-degree reckless endangerment and was scheduled for sentencing June 19 by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, who promised to make her sentence run concurrently with whatever time is imposed in Genesee County.
Easton pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment there and in Erie County after going on a shooting spree in the towns of Alabama, Newstead and Royalton on the night of July 10. Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Easton fired 10 rounds into a truck in Royalton, but not injuring the driver. He also fired at houses in Alabama and Newstead, also without injuring anyone.
Hoffmann said Easton was relieved of his rifle by a man on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation, and Easton then confronted the next police officer he found with a complaint of gun theft.