A Rochester jury Friday convicted James E. Lewis Jr. of federal drug and firearms charges linked to the shooting of Jamestown undercover drug enforcement officer David Mitchell two years ago.
Following a weeklong trial before U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa, a jury deliberated about three hours before finding Lewis, 20, guilty of federal drug conspiracy and distribution charges and firearm charges in the shooting.
Under federal sentencing laws, Lewis faces a mandatory additional 10-year minimum prison term on the firearm charge. Unless the federal and state appellate courts overturn his convictions, he faces a minimum of at least 60 years in both state and federal prisons. He already is serving a 50-year-to-life term for the shooting of Mitchell.
On Thursday, Lewis testified that he doesn't remember shooting Mitchell, but he admitted trafficking in crack cocaine in Jamestown between March 1996 and September 1999 when the undercover officer was shot.
Frank H. Sherman, the U.S. prosecutor in the Rochester case, said Siragusa will sentence Lewis May 8.