LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Thursday to a random shooting outside his home.
Joshua E. Cline, who said he has been a paraplegic since surgery for a spinal tumor with he was two years old, was “wandering in his wheelchair” with a gun April 18, Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said. No one was hurt in the gunfire.
Cline, 28, of Pine Avenue, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal mischief, the latter charge stemming from damage he did to equipment in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s psychiatric unit June 10.
Cline is to be placed on six months’ interim probation when he returns before County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas Dec. 16. During that period, he will be referred to mental health court, which, Farkas said, made an exception to their normal rule against taking weapons cases. Cline risks up to seven years in prison if mental health treatment doesn’t go well.