LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who stole a gun in an apartment burglary and fired it outside a nearby gas station was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison and five years of post-release supervision.
Jose A. Colon Sr., 49, of Zito Drive, had pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. ordered Colon to pay $200 to the burglary victim after he gets out of prison.
The judge said Colon stole the gun April 30 “and then you fired it all over town. You could have killed somebody.”
Police reported at the time that several shots were fired by a man outside a gas station at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Tuscarora Road. A complainant told police that Colon confronted him about nearly striking Colon’s daughter with his car before the shooting.
A choked-up Colon said, “I apologize to the people of Niagara Falls.” Kloch said that contrition persuaded him to trim some time off the seven-year maximum sentence he had promised when Colon pleaded guilty.