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
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