LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Monday to playing a role in the shooting of a 19-year-old Falls man on Labor Day last year.
Ronald A. McClellan Jr., 27, of Cedar Avenue, accepted a plea offer to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree assault. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas accepted a prosecution recommendation to limit McClellan’s prison term to 10 years; she will pass sentence Aug. 8.
Charges remain open against Darrell L. Stewart, 31, of 19th Street, in connection with the Sept. 2 shooting of Leonard L. Sistrunk Jr. near the corner of Sixth Street and Pine Avenue in the Falls.
Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said she believes Stewart was the one who pulled the trigger; McClellan was regarded as an accomplice.
Hoffmann said Sistrunk was shot twice with a rifle. He has a bullet still lodged near his spine, the prosecutor said, and also suffered a punctured lung and some broken ribs.
Police said at the time that the shooting followed an argument in Buffalo, and the suspects allegedly followed Sistrunk to Niagara Falls.
Besides the first-degree assault charge, Stewart has pleaded not guilty to an unrelated indictment accusing him of two crack cocaine sales in Niagara Falls last August.
In other court action Monday, indictments were unsealed against two Falls men in connection with separate gun incidents on New Year’s Day:
• Lester M. Streeter, 19, of Orleans Avenue, pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court to two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said Streeter allegedly fired a handgun in an alley off Memorial Parkway about 10 p.m. Jan. 1, and then stashed two loaded guns in a friend’s house where four children were living.
• Jackie R. Berry, 25, of 22nd Street, appeared in Niagara County Court to deny two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.
Police stopped his car on Seventh Street at 2:45 a.m. Jan. 1 and found two firearms in the auto: a loaded handgun, which was loaded, and an Uzi semiautomatic rifle. Hoffmann said Berry’s blood alcohol content was measured at .17 percent, more than twice the legal threshold for intoxication.
Streeter and Berry both remain free on $2,500 bail bonds.