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Man acquitted in shooting is 'happy to be free', but now is homeless

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by TBO, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. bulletandgrunt


    Jan 12, 2012
    “We just don’t allow people to go shoot people,” he said. “Using deadly force is a last resort. It shouldn’t be the first resort.”

    After reading that I wondered what the comprehension level of the person was.

  2. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    I certainly hope Mr. Lewis doesn't let his persecutors get away with their atrocious conduct, or that he allows them to pay him off with a pittance compared to the personal injury he's suffered at their hands.
  3. bustedknee

    bustedknee Curmudgeon

    Aug 1, 2001
    Wythe County, VA
    I don't believe it was because he was black.

    It happened because the prosecutor is a pansy.

    It happens all the time.
    If a guy breaks they law, charge him and prosecute him!
    But if he acts in self-defense let him go!
    Too many weak-kneed prosecutors either wish to
    1. make a name for themselves to advance their careers or
    2. they are too feeble-minded to make a decision then defend it; they say "we will let a jury decide."

    BS! Grow a pair and stand up for whats right. '

    Now, this guy has lost everything and has very little recourse.

    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012
  4. jellis11

    jellis11 Yippee-ki-yay

    Jul 27, 2011
    South Kakalaki
    "He was charged with two counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and one of going armed with intent."

    kinda bogus to me, from what I read anyway.

    The rest of what happened just makes me mad for the guy.
  5. whoops dude

    whoops dude

    Jul 17, 2011
    If I notice two guys who have already been aggressive towards me are approaching me from two different directions, I know they are not looking for a surprise tickle fight.

    That whole situation is BS. I'm glad he at least got his job back.
  6. ZombieKing


    Feb 25, 2009
    Wow that just sucks. I wonder if he has a case against the landlord since they knew he was in jail but still tried to serve him at the apartment.

    And this really pissed me off:

    "What Lewis’ case shows is that current law works, Sarcone said: “I don’t know why people are afraid of jury trials. I’m not.”

    Sarcone needs to be put on trial with a 100 million dollar bond (so he can't afford to bond his way out) and then let him rot in jail for 112 days until a jury finds him not guilty. See how he likes it.
  7. TDC20


    Apr 11, 2011
    OC carry could have prevented this. :whistling:

    "What Lewis’ case shows is that current law works, Sarcone said: “I don’t know why people are afraid of jury trials. I’m not.”

    What a jackass lawyer saying a jackass lawyer thing. Of course your not afraid of jury trials, you jackass lawyer! You didn't just lose everything only to prove some idiot jackass lawyer's point!
  8. r3dot


    Sep 6, 2007
    Izzerwat TX
    Bummer. Seems like a genuine guy who handled the situation incredibly well. The lawyer that wrote the eviction notice is a POS.

    I wish the best for the guy.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
  9. kgjl


    Nov 21, 2007
    If someone can get a legitimate address, I would send him a small donation to help him get back on his feet.
  10. NDCent

    NDCent Socially Inept

    Mar 19, 2010
    Move along, nothing new here... you're guilty until proven innocent.
  11. HandyMan Hugh

    HandyMan Hugh NRA Life Member

    May 17, 2002
    Hallstead, PA
    I'd like to see Mr. Lewis successfully sue the tail off of the Apartment complex that so callously threw his stuff onto the curb. THEY failed to do their duty to contact Mr. Lewis and make arrangements with him to protect his possessions. :steamed::steamed:
  12. DaverZ


    Aug 12, 2006
    The apartment complex,the ***** heel lawyer that that handled the eviction,the prosecution and finally the POS he had to shoot.Everything he owned lost because he defended himself.Talk about double jeperdy,he was a victim twice in my eyes.
  13. tim12232

    tim12232 Pistolero

    Aug 15, 2011
    I hope he finds a good lawyer to go after the apartment complex!!! I would think that should be an open and shut lawsuit.....But im not a lawyer, nor do i play one on tv.
    Im glad he got his job back, but damn 1/3 of a year in prison for defending yourself has to be harder than any of it!!!
  14. mikekj


    Feb 24, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga.
    He'll be the new owner of an apartment complex pretty soon.
  15. hardbargin


    Jan 14, 2011
    i lost interest real quick when he played the race card.
    i could care less what happened to him after that comment he made.:supergrin:
  16. Royo

    Royo BCPD

    Feb 11, 2001
    Topeka KS USA
    I have known Lewis for over thirty years. We went to college together and were police officers together on a smaller department here in Kansas. To give you guys an idea how good of friends we are he is coming to my wedding which is coming up soon . He called me the night this shooting occurred . I also spoke to him on numerous occasions throughout his ordeal.

    I know him well enough that if he throws out the race card it is well deserved. His major complaint with the apartment complex is how they went about the eviction. HE never got notice until the actual eviction was taking place. This man literally lost EVERYTHING he owns because of that. His main complaint with the prosecution is that he was wrongly accused .

    I also discussed this issue with several people at my job and they were appalled he was even charged .

    I am also friends with several prosecuters in the area and ran the facts of the case to them . WHen I told them what the the DA had done there in DesMoines they were shocked too.

    At the time of the shooting Iowa does not have a "Castle doctrine ." On any account Lewis had retreated back to his car and when his assailant started pounding on it he moved his car further down the street away from the accident . He called 911.( Which in my opinion showed his innocence) This guy followed him further and threatend him more . Lewis warned him more than once to stay back and the assailant further threatend him and advanced on Lewis .

    This case also shows that if you want to carry firearm for protection that you may want to have a lawyer already on board . Lewis wound up being the victor in this case but is paying a heavy price for it. We talked for a long time after the trial was over . What he had to endure was pure BS .
  17. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    The actual shooting that took place was legitimate self defense IMO.

    HOWEVER, Lewis ESCALATED the conflict by willingly participating in a ROAD RAGE incident. Instead of being a grown up & driving away in another direction. When a couple of drunks were looking for trouble, he played their stupid game (probably bolstered by having a gun on him) & taking the attitude, "I have a gun, so I don't take crap from anybody." He paid the price for it. I the only one here who can read?

    "Lewis passed him. Ludwick sped up, and the cars raced down 11th Street."
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2012
  18. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    Since you know Lewis so well, perhaps you could ask him why he allowed a couple of drunks to bait him into participating in a road rage incident instead of just driving away? As a former police officer, shouldn't he have known better than to choose macho over intelligence??
  19. ZombieKing


    Feb 25, 2009
    Dude everyone's human and that means from time to time they will make a dumb mistake. Yeah he made a dumb mistake to race the other car but I can't see how we should throw the baby out with the bath water if you catch my meaning.

    And that certainly doesn't excuse the actions of the apartment complex.