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Shooter of La Salle student faces life-in-prison if convicted

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CINCINNATI - The 19-year-old shooter of a La Salle High School student faces life in prison if convicted on murder charges.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters reported a Hamilton County grand jury indicted Dierres Lee in the Feb. 24 shooting death of Justin Brown. Lee is charged with murder and felonious assault.

"This is another sad case of a young person dying because of drugs," Deters said in a press release. "Drug dealing is a dangerous business for both the buyer and seller and, unfortunately, it claims too many young lives. "

Cincinnati police said Brown, along with three other La Salle students, bought marijuana from Lee in the 1700 block of Carll Street on the West Side.

Lee shot at the four after they gave Lee fake money and drove away from the scene. Brown was struck in the head while in the passenger seat, according to police.

The three teens with Brown drove him to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medial Center. Brown died at the Medical Center on Monday, Feb. 25.

Deters stated there were no other charges anticipated in the case.


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