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June 9, 2014

Man who admitted to drive-by shooting violates probation

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — A Falls man who pleaded guilty to being involved in a drive-by shooting, and was then able to avoid prison time, is back in court for a violation of his sentence to probation.

Juan Ubiles pleaded not guilty to a charge of violation of probation and will face a hearing on the claim later this month. 

He was sentenced to interim probation, and later a full term of probation, by Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III in April 2011. 

At that time, county prosecutors strenuously objected to the sentence, However, Niagara County probation officers recommended that Ubiles be allowed to remain free under strict conditions.

Which of those conditions Ubiles is accused of violating has not been made public. He could face a prison term of up to seven years if he is resentenced in the case.

Ubiles, 29, had pleaded guilty, in a deal with prosecutors, to a charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 

He admitted he was carrying a loaded .40-caliber handgun with him, when a home in the 1300 block of Michigan Avenue was hit with multiple rounds of gunfire on Aug. 30, 2010. Investigators said Ubiles simply drove up to the home in a mini-van, with children and a woman sitting on the front porch, and began shooting.

“(A man Ubiles was targeting) was on his porch with his two children and his girlfriend,” Falls Detective Lt. Michael Trane said at the time. “(Ubiles) got out of his van and started shooting at (the victim). He fired several shots, then returned to his vehicle.”

Neither the intended target nor his girlfriend nor the children were struck by the gunfire. Trane said the victim then jumped into his own car and began searching for Ubiles.

“He found (Ubiles’) van in the alley in the 2200 block between Pierce and Willow (avenues) and began following it,” Trane said. “The van was heading east toward Hyde Park Boulevard and when Ubiles saw the victim following him, he turned off the alley and drove between two houses.”

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