A Niagara Falls teenager has accepted a plea agreement in the shooting death of a Niagara University student who was killed in a “robbery gone bad” late last year.
Gordon Jackson, 17, of 2229 Lockport St., pleaded guilty to a single-count of second-degree murder in Niagara County Court on Friday.
Jackson and 23-year-old Cordero Gibson, of 1144 Niagara Ave., were arrested in connection with the Dec. 8 shooting death of 20-year-old Rochester native Brandon Johnson, an NU student who was gunned down in a University Court apartment.
At the time of the shooting, investigators said Johnson was visiting a friend and fellow NU student who lived in the off campus apartment. Gibson was also reportedly acquainted with the resident of the apartment.
Investigators said Jackson attempted to rob Johnson and the other apartment resident when “something happened” and the teen fired the single shot from a sawed-off shotgun that struck Johnson and ultimately killed him.
Jackson fled the apartment and was apprehended hours later.
Detectives contended that Gibson knew Jackson intended to rob the people inside the apartment on the day of the shooting.
Jackson faced a maximum sentence of 25 years to life. As a result of his plea agreement, Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas agreed to cap Jackson’s sentence to no more than 21 years to life. Jackson’s formal sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 15.
His co-defendant Gibson is scheduled to appear in county court on Monday and the district attorney’s office said Gibson may accept a plea deal at that time.