Teen Pleads Guilty for Firing Rifle at Home in Collins, Injuring Sleeping Child Inside

Modified: August 25, 2020 10:37am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that an adolescent offender has pleaded guilty to one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a Class “D” violent felony. The 17-year-old male from Springville pleaded guilty to the highest sustainable charge yesterday before Judge Kevin Carter in Erie County Youth Part. Due to the age of the offender, his name will not be released.

During the early morning hours of February 18, 2020, the adolescent offender fired several rounds from a rifle at a home on Main Street in the Town of Collins. A 7-year-old boy, who was sleeping inside the house, was hit in the upper leg area by a bullet that went through the wall. The child was taken to Oishei Children’s Hospital to be treated for the injury.  

The adolescent offender faces up to 7 years in state prison when he is sentenced on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. He remains in custody on $5,000 bail set by Judge Carter.

DA Flynn commends Detectives Jon Hannah and Cullen Ferrick of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Chief Danielle N. D’Abate of the DA’s Community Prosecution Unit.