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June 20, 2014

Falls man who shot mother, sons hires Buffalo-based defense attorney

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — A Falls man, charged in the shooting of a mother and her two sons on a Saturday afternoon at the corner of 19th Street and Ferry Avenue, has apparently found himself a lawyer.

During a brief hearing Thursday morning, Raquan Graham, told Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas that he had retained Buffalo-based defense attorney Michael D’Amico to represent him. 

Graham, 20, is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault and a single count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the daring daylight shooting. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has been jailed, without bail by Farkas.

Both the Niagara County Public Defender’s Officer and the Public Defender’s Conflict Office declined to take Graham’s case because of conflicts with other clients.

Graham is accused of shooting three people, just after noon on May 17, in the parking lot of a gas station at the heavily trafficked corner. Witnesses told police that Graham had an altercation with a woman and her two sons and that he took out a handgun and shot all three of them.

The victims, identified as Laura Dove, 50, and her sons, Thomas Pryor, 21, and Tavone Pryor, 19, each suffered gunshot wounds to their legs. All three were treated for their injuries at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo and then released.

Detectives believe the shooting was triggered by ongoing problems between Graham, Dove and her sons. Graham reportedly has a connection to Dove’s daughter, the sister of the Pryor brothers.

The shooting sparked a manhunt for Graham.

He was apprehended two days later by Falls police and investigators with the U.S. Marshals Felony Fugitive Task Force, hiding in an apartment on Willow Avenue.

Police also arrested the resident of the apartment, Kristi M. Kargatis, 26, and charged her with second-degree hindering prosecution.

In addition to the charges from the shooting, police say Graham had five outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court on charges in other cases, at the time of his arrest. Graham also faces three counts of bail jumping.

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