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PARKER GETS A SECOND LIFE SENTENCE

A second term of life imprisonment was added Friday to the punishment of Jonathan "Face" Parker, a violent East Side gangster whose crimes included the killing of a Buffalo police officer.

Already serving a life term in state prison for the 1997 slaying of Officer Skip McDougald, the 24-year-old Parker was sentenced Friday for the murder of a city drug dealer, which took place earlier that year.

U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny sentenced Parker to life in federal prison for the Jan. 13, 1997, killing of Leroy Lewis, 19, of Montana Avenue, in a dispute over drug trafficking. Buffalo Police said Lewis, a cocaine dealer, was shot in the back of the head by Parker on the corner of Fillmore Avenue and Girard Place.

Nearly three months later, on April 7, 1997, Parker shot and killed McDougald when McDougald and another officer attempted to question him about a stolen van on Northampton Street. After the first trial seeking the death penalty in Western New York in nearly four decades, Parker was convicted and sentenced to life in state prison in 1998.

After a trial last June, Parker was convicted of federal racketeering crimes, including the Lewis murder. If, for any reason, Parker's conviction in the McDougald murder was overturned, he would be turned over to the federal prison system to serve the life sentence for the Lewis killing, authorities said on Friday.

Skretny issued the sentence after hearing pleas for justice from the victim's mother, Sandra Davis Lewis, and his aunt, Wanda Lewis. The case was investigated by the Organized Crime Task Force and prosecuted by Joseph M. Guerra III and James P. Kennedy of the U.S. Attorney's office.

Parker, who is being held in the Clinton State Correctional Facility in the northeast corner of the state, refused to come to Buffalo for Friday's sentencing, Guerra said.

e-mail: dherbeck@buffnews.com

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