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Two convicted in beating death of deacon

Buffalo, N.Y. (AP) -- Two Buffalo men have been convicted in the fatal beating of a 96-year-old church deacon during a break-in at his home.

Authorities say 18-year-old Shaquar Pratcher and 23-year-old Elhajii Elshabazz (ehl-HAH-zhee ehl-shuh-BAHZ) were part of a group that set out to rob Levi Clayton's house in 2012, believing Clayton's caretaker had money inside from drug sales.

A state Supreme Court judge convicted them Wednesday of second-degree murder and burglary.

Surveillance cameras captured the pair in the deacon's backyard with a knife and gun and the deacon throwing a lamp out a window trying to thwart the break-in.

Clayton suffered severe head injuries from the beating and died about four months later.

Two others, 19-year-old Justice Feggans and 20-year-old Jordan McKinnon, pleaded guilty earlier to burglary.

 
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