Shooter Has Criminal Past

December 6, 2012 Updated Dec 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Rachel Elzufon

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December 6, 2012 Updated Dec 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT

Lockport, NY (WKBW) - A standoff ends with a man dead and his wife in the hospital, and now more details are coming out about this man's criminal past.

Morris Tucker is accused of shooting his wife, Leanne Tucker, in the face yesterday. Leanne is still in intensive care at Erie County Medical Center.

Tucker had just finished parole in April of 2011, after he confessed to shooting a woman in the head 14 years ago.

Back in 1999, Tucker plead guilty to attempted assault in Niagara County.

The prosecutor at the time said the District Attorney's office was not convinced a jury would find Tucker guilty in the shooting death of Jennifer Behm.

The only witness was Tucker's best friend, who authorities were not counting on to cooperate.

After his plea, Tucker told reporters the shooting was an accident. He had gone to the house to buy drugs.

However Behm's family was convinced this was murder.

Her aunt, Gleneda Holmes, told Eyewitness News "she was shot intentionally. She was a tall girl and shot in the head. They said it was execution style."

Niagara County Court records show Tucker was sentenced to seven years in state prison.

He served six years in the Gouverneur State Prison.

He was released in August of 2005.

Tucker was taken into custody again in September of 2007 after violating his parole. A spokeswoman with the Department of Corrections says he was fraternizing with another parolee.

Tucker was released on parole again in September of 2008. He completed parole in April of 2011.