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Monday, September 14, 2015

Josiah Chandler
An 18-year-year old Lockport man who plead guilty to the attempted murder of another teen in November, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the crime.

Josiah Chandler, 52 Genesee St., received the sentence today in Niagara County Court.

Colton Baker-Durst, the victim in the crime has been left paralyzed by the incident. Chandler shot him in the back multiple times around 12:24 a.m. Nov. 26 near the intersection of Church and Grand streets.

Lockport Police Chief Larry Eggert said this evening that the sentence seems to have fit the crime.

"It was a pretty horrific crime. Senseless," Eggert said. "A young boy and all that but what he did was a pretty horrific thing."

When Chandler was charged, it was listed as "attempted murder a hate crime." He was also charged with first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He plead guilty to all three in June.

"Pretty sad case all around ... two young people just caught in a situation," Eggert said. "One's going to be paralyzed for life and the other one's going to go to jail for a long time ... It's one of those few cases over my 36 years that it boggles my mind how it happened."


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