Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — Their victim called one of them a "coward."
And three young Falls men who pleaded guilty to triggering a wild South End shootout are all heading to state prison as a result. Jacob Taggart and Paul Buck will spend seven years behind bars, while Marlyn Rubin will do five years, for their roles in an attack on a Falls teenager.
The trio were sentenced Thursday afternoon by Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III in a series of proceedings that saw lawyers for two of the men blame the third for the shooting that has left Anthony McDougald with a bullet lodged in his chest, next to his heart.
Police and prosecutors contended that an argument over a "young lady" between McDougald and Rubin triggered the violence. McDougald sat in the courtroom, resting his chin on his hand, as the sentencing of Taggart took place.
But midway through the sentencing of Buck, First Assistant District Attorney Doreen Hoffmann interrupted and told Murphy that McDougald wanted to address the court.
"What I wanted to say is Marlyn, where you at, I know he in here," McDouglad said as he looked around the packed spectator seating in Murphy's courtroom. "Marlyn you'll forever be a coward to me. You know what you got your boys into."
McDougald said he had expected to just fight with Rubin over their disagreement and had to keep his friends and family from seeking revenge for the shooting.
"I stopped my family from coming to get you all," he said. "The sentences, hey, they fair. This could have gone a whole different way. And that's just the way it is."
Taggart pleaded guilty to a single count of attempted second-degree gang assault, while Buck and Rubin each pleaded guilty to a single count of second-degree assault in the case. All three had faced maximum seven-year prison sentences.