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

Modified: October 13, 2020 4:27pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that a 17-year-old male from Springville has been sentenced by Judge Kevin Carter to an indeterminate sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison. 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 pleaded guilty to one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a Class “D” violent felony. He pleaded guilty to the highest sustainable charge in Erie County Youth Part.

Due to the adolescent offender being granted youthful offender status, the Erie County DA’s Office will not comment further on the case.

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.