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3 facing trial for injuring teenager on basketball court

The shooting of a 17-year-old boy at basketball courts in Erie in September led investigators to charge two teenage boys and an adult woman with the crime.

The three suspects now face trial after dropping their criminal cases in court on Wednesday.

Evaunna I. Lasanta, 24, dropped charges of conspiracy to commit attempted homicide and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault in court during her preliminary hearing before the judge in Erie District 2nd Ward Edward Wilson.

Nysear L. Buckner, 17, dropped court charges, including two counts of attempted homicide and four felony counts of aggravated assault at Wednesday’s hearing.

Jerico D. Beason, 16, dropped court charges, including two counts of conspiracy to commit attempted homicide and four counts of aggravated assault during the hearing.

Erie police have charged the three men, with Buckner and Beason charged as adults, in a Sept. 29 shooting at the Eagle’s Nest basketball courts in the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. According to investigators, the 17-year-old victim was shot in the buttocks and underwent emergency surgery at UPMC Hamot. The courts are part of the Victory Christian Center and the Eagle’s Nest complex.

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Witnesses told city police responding to the shooting that two men were involved in the shooting and fled the area after getting into a Jeep SUV driven by a woman, investigators said. Officers said they spotted a Jeep matching the suspect’s vehicle about 40 minutes later and pulled it over in the 1000 block of East Seventh Street, where the suspects were arrested.

Officers saw a handgun in plain view under the front passenger seat of the vehicle, according to Erie police.

In another recent lawsuit from Erie County:

• Erie resident Joshua K. Bishop, 31, charged by Erie police with shooting another man at a city residence in late April, was convicted in the county’s Court of Common Pleas of Erie on January 28 to one to two years in prison, followed by three years of probation.

Bishop was sentenced on his guilty plea in October to a second-degree felony count of aggravated assault. He had faced charges including attempted homicide.

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Erie police charged Bishop with shooting a 27-year-old man in the chest at a residence in the 1100 block of East Eighth Street on April 27.

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