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West Sacramento gang member convicted of dissuading witness

A West Sacramento man identified by authorities as a Broderick Boy Gang member has been convicted of dissuading a witness in an attempted murder case.

A jury on Wednesday also found 31-year-old Eric Lovett, known a “Maniac,” guilty of committing a felony for the benefit of the Norteño Criminal Street Gang, according to a Yolo County District Attorney’s Office news release. The jury could not reach a decision on an additional charge of accessory to commit attempted murder.

On Feb. 19, 2015, Lovett was in court for his preliminary hearing on charges of accessory to attempted murder for the Nov. 18, 2014, shooting by Michael Reyes, another Broderick Boy member. While the victim, who had been shot several times in the back, was testifying about the shooting, Lovett made a slicing motion with his finger across his throat, authorities said. Law enforcement officers present in the courtroom observed the threat and it was also captured on court surveillance video.

Reyes was later convicted and is serving a life sentence for the shooting, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Lovett has been convicted of two other “strike” offenses under California’s three strikes law. He was convicted in 2004 of assault with a deadly weapon in Yolo County, and in 2010 he was convicted of criminal street gang activity in San Joaquin County. He also has served five prior prison sentences, authorities said.

On April 29, Yolo County Superior Court Judge Daniel Mcguire, who presided over the jury trial, will hear evidence on the prior strikes and prison offenses.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy