BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Sardinia man will serve at least 20 years in prison in connection to a 2020 shooting in the village of Akron, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
Spencer J. Nowinski, 52, was sentenced as a persistent violent felony offender to 20 years to life in prison for shooting a man with an illegal handgun in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant on Main Street in Akron on the evening of Dec. 22, 2020.
According to the DA’s office, Nowinski and the man were “involved in a physical altercation” prior to the shooting. Prosecutors said Nowinski ran away from the victim, but then turned and shot the man once, causing injuries to both of the man’s legs.
Police arrested Nowinski at the scene and recovered a loaded, semi-automatic pistol that had been reported stolen during a home burglary a few days earlier in Clarence.
A jury found Nowinski guilty of felony charges of criminal possession of a weapon, assault and criminal possession of stolen property following a two-week trial.
Nowinski on Friday also pleaded guilty to possessing a “small quantity of methamphetamine” while incarcerated at the Erie County Holding Center. He was sentenced to time served for a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
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