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MAN CONVICTED OF SHOOTING DRUG DEALER

Rashed "Rock" Lott was convicted Wednesday of trying to kill a Buffalo drug dealer in December 1998.

After about five hours of deliberations and a weeklong trial before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang, Lott was convicted of shooting Andre Banks, 32.

Lott, who is already serving a prison term of 1 1/2 to three years for an August 1998 assault on an Erie County Holding Center guard, displayed no reaction as the jury found him guilty of attempted murder, assault, kidnapping and weapons charges. Wolfgang, who added two years to Lott's current term for jumping bail in the jail assault case, ordered him held until July 24, when he faces a possible life term as a persistent violent felon.

Banks is currently in jail for violating his probation after a drug conviction. He testified he was lured to a Chelsea Street home by Lott and his cousin, Daron Baldon, 32, who he said shot him six times after he dove through a first-floor window to get away. Baldon, who pleaded guilty to attempted murder, is serving a 10-year prison term. He refused to testify at Lott's trial and faces contempt of court charges as a result.

Deputy Attorney Lawrence M. Schwegler and prosecutor Christopher Gresham said doctors at Erie County Medical Center said Banks only survived because Police Officers Michael Brown (now a detective) and Larry White were on patrol in the neighborhood and quickly got him to ECMC, only a block from Chelsea.

Lott, who faces a life term with a minimum sentence of between 20 and 30 years as a persistent violent felon using a firearm during a crime, faces additional prison time in Little Valley on a forgery charge.

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