LOCKPORT – Ronald A. McClellan Jr. was responsible for getting his half-brother to shoot a Niagara Falls man last year, the prosecutor said Friday as McClellan was sentenced to eight years in prison.
McClellan, 27, of Cedar Avenue in the Falls, also will face five years of post-release supervision, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ordered.
Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said McClellan was the one with a “beef” against shooting victim Leonard L. Sistrunk Jr., 19, who was gunned down Sept. 2 near the corner of Sixth Street and Pine Avenue. The shooter, Darrell L. Stewart, 32, of Cedar Avenue, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree assault, the same reduced plea McClellan received, and is awaiting sentencing. Sistrunk was shot twice and still has a bullet lodged near his spine.
Hoffmann, citing grand jury testimony, told Farkas that McClellan “said ‘Shoot him,’ but his brother pulled the trigger.”