A man accused of attempting to kill his sleeping son—a Silver Spring resident—on Sept. 20 over a family inheritance has been convicted of attempted murder, according to news reports.
WUSA 9 reported on Thursday that James Lewis, 80, of Pennsylvania, tried to shoot his son Russell Lewis in the head while Russell Lewis was sleeping in his home on Ednor Road in Silver Spring. The younger man was shot in the arm and survived.
James Lewis reportedly was upset that his son had inherited property from James Lewis' mother and drove to Silver Spring to shoot his son with a .32-caliber revolver, WUSA 9 reported.
"If not for turning in his sleep, for rolling on his side, he might be dead today," Ramon Korionoff, spokesperson for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office, told WUSA 9.
James Lewis, who was arrested while he was still in his son's home, likely faces the rest of his life in prison. He was convicted of first-degree attempted murder, burglary, first-degree assault and the use of a firearm to commit a crime of violence, WUSA 9 reported.