Sommerville faces 25 to life for Buffalo shooting

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — First Assistant Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty announced the conviction of Sir Prince Sommerville after he shot a man in the hand this past January.

Flaherty says Sommerville, 30, walked up the Grote Street stairs of a 49-year-old man and tried to force his way inside the man’s apartment.

The victim closed the door before Sommerville fired two shots through it, striking the 49-year-old in the hand. Sommerville used a .44 caliber weapon and barely missed the victim’s head.

The man was treated at ECMC and released.

Flaherty says Sommerville tried to get a third party to bribe the victim so that they would not cooperate in the prosecution.

Sommerville was found guilty of 2nd degree criminal possession of a weapon and 2nd degree assault.

He has two prior violent felony convictions for attempted robbery. Sommerville could face 25 years to life in prison when sentenced in December.

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