LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who shot another Falls resident with a rifle Sept. 2 accepted a plea deal Tuesday that limited his potential prison time to 10 years.
Darrell L. Stewart, 32, of Cedar Avenue, must serve at least seven years for his guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree assault in the Labor Day shooting of Leonard L. Sistrunk Jr., 19, near the corner of Sixth Street and Pine Avenue.
Sistrunk was shot twice and still has a bullet lodged near his spine, Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said May 19 when co-defendant Ronald A. McClellan Jr., 27, of Cedar Avenue, pleaded guilty to the same charge with the same sentencing limits.
Stewart also admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine Aug. 6, but Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said she will make the sentences run concurrently when Stewart returns to court Sept. 11. He faced a sentence of up to 25 years if he had been convicted at trial.