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Rochester man pleads guilty to two armed robberies

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ROCHESTER -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Malik Lott, 25, of Rochester, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to two counts of Hobbs Act Robbery. The charges each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean C. Eldridge, who is handling the case, stated that in the early morning hours of December 28, 2018, Lott went to the McDonald’s restaurant on East Avenue in Rochester with co-defendants Lavon Wims and Juwan Baldwin. Lott and Wims entered the restaurant, and Wims held a knife to the throat of an employee. Wims then dragged the employee to the cash register—and then to the safe—and demanded money.  At the same time, Lott displayed what appeared to be a handgun to another McDonald’s employee. Wims and Lott then fled the McDonald’s with the stolen cash.

On January 23, 2019, Lott went to Jordy’s Spirits on Dewey Avenue in Rochester with co-defendants Lavon Wims and Kayla Dade. Lott and Wims entered the store, and Wims pointed what appeared to be a gun at the store employee, and demanded money.  Lott waited by the front door of the store, and after Wims told the employee to give them money, Lott then assisted Wims in removing cash from the register drawer. Wims and Lott then fled the store with the stolen cash.

Charges remain pending against co-defendants Baldwin, Wims, and Dade. The fact that defendants have been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crimes Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eric Laughton; and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron Singletary.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 28, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. before Judge Wolford.

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