Lil Buddy Sentenced To Federal Prison

Andre "Lil Buddy" Locke was sentenced

to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for robbing the Vermillion State Bank in Rosemount,

Minnesota in 2001.

Locke, who drove away in a stolen blue Audi and

crashed it into a tree during the subsequent chase, was also convicted of stealing

the car.

According to family members, Locke was depressed

about the condition of his two older brothers. Both needed kidney transplants

at the time of the robbery.

Lil Buddy was featured in The Source's Unsigned

Hype" column in 1997 and his career was chronicled in the magazine's "Diary

of a New Jack" column.

Lil Buddy dropped his album, Major in