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Jury convicts parolee for assaulting police officer

A Buffalo City Court jury last week convicted a parolee of assaulting a city police officer who stopped him after he was seen driving erratically and hitting parked cars.

Otis Williams, no age available, of Rodney Avenue, was found guilty of third-degree assault, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Detective Dawn Lopez and Officer Joseph Mullen responded to a call on Nov. 10, 2012, about a car hitting parked vehicles on Rodney. They saw Williams walking away from the car.

Williams, who was in violation of a curfew imposed by his parole officer, fought with Lopez, threw her to the ground and fled. Mullen chased him and made the arrest.

Williams faces a maximum sentence of two years in the Erie County Correctional Facility when sentenced March 19 by City Court Judge Diane Wray, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Williams recently completed a prison term for violating parole in connection with a 2008 felony conviction.