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Auburn bar employee says life changed forever by shooting as Geneva man sentenced to 14 years in prison

In a somber session at the Cayuga County Court, a bar employee, who was inadvertently shot multiple times during a gunfight last year at the Lavish Lounge Bar & Restaurant in Auburn, shared her traumatic experience through a statement.

Cayuga County District Attorney Brittany Grome Antonacci read the statement during the sentencing of Zachariah McKoy, 31, of Geneva, one of the shooters involved in the incident.


The victim, who suffered life-altering injuries in the June 2022 shooting, recounted the fear and pain she endured, stating she had “so much stolen” from her that night and that she would never fully recover, physically or mentally. Her injuries were severe, requiring the removal and repair of several organs and resulting in enduring pain and psychological trauma.

She was not involved in the dispute that led to the shooting, prosecutors added.

McKoy was sentenced to 14 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision for first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, with the sentences to run concurrently.

In court, McKoy expressed regret for his actions, while Judge Leone condemned the shooting as “purely preventable and senseless.”