Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 21 year old Janiera Ross of 14 Millicent, Buffalo, pleaded guilty this morning before Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to Attempted Murder in the Second Degree and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, as charged. These are the highest charges for which Ross could have been convicted had she gone to trial.
Ross admitted that on March 24, 2012, she fired two shots at close range from a .32 caliber pistol at Jherilynn Williams outside of Playhouse, a reputed lesbian nightclub on Main Street in Buffalo. Subsequent to the attempted murder of Williams, Ross fled across Main Street and was nearly struck by an unrelated vehicle occupied by four University at Buffalo students. One of the students yelled at Ross for running in front of their vehicle and Ross responded by firing multiple shots at them. Although their vehicle was damaged, none of the students were injured.
Ross faces a maximum prison sentence of 25 years in prison when she is sentenced before the Hon. M. William Boller on November 19, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. Assistant District Attorney Michael Felicetta successfully prosecuted the case.