Rochester man sentenced to 5 years in prison for West Seneca sports complex argument

Jun 6, 2019

A Rochester man has been sentenced to five years in prison stemming from an argument at a West Seneca sports complex.

Credit Niagara Frontier Sports Complex

The Erie County District Attorney's Office says it was April 2017 when Andre Lewis, 41, and his mother's ex-husband engaged in an argument in the lobby of the Niagara Frontier Sports Complex in West Seneca after a girls’ basketball game.

The argument escalated into a physical confrontation, then Lewis pulled out his licensed pistol and shot the ex-husband. The DA says Lewis shot Robert Echols, 54 - also of Rochester - a second time and he died from his injuries.

Lewis was originally indicted on one count of murder in the second degree. The case was prosecuted twice by jury trial in 2018, but both trials ended in a hung jury. Lewis later pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the first degree before his third trial was set to begin in April 2019.