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Father Convicted of Shooting Sleeping Son Over Inheritance

Officials say the son happened to roll over in bed just in time.

Court news on Patch.
Court news on Patch.
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. 

>>Read more on WUSA 9's website, and watch a video about the case on this page of WUSA 9's website.
jodreydb January 15, 2014 at 10:04 AM
In general, the government should not kill people when it is not necessary to do so. It sets a bad example. I think life in prison for this person is appropriate.
jag January 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Aw, come on jodreydb! Why mimic the rest of the western world (that, for some reason (like common sense and decency), doesn't let government kill its citizens) when MD could be like North Korea or Saudi Arabia instead! Kill people! Kill 'em dead! Hang them and let us all watch! Barbarism rules!
Carole Taylor January 16, 2014 at 12:36 AM
Obviously Steelersfan, you are the one that needs to leave Maryland! Go live in Pennsylvania where you belong. Anyone that commits murder should be put to death regardless of what state they live in!!!
Steelersfan January 16, 2014 at 09:57 AM
@carole Taylor...i think you misinterpreted my point. If someone commits murder and it is found there is proof without a shadow of a doubt that he/she did it, he/she should be put to death. I agree with that 100%. The issue is there are numerous times when someone is found guilty of murder in the courts, and then years later it is found that they were actually not guilty. What happens if you put THAT person to death? That's all i'm saying. My comment was more to the people who complain about things but don't do anything about it. It really wasn't a debate about the death penalty.
BlueStarMom February 05, 2014 at 06:39 AM
A Steelers fan should hush about Maryland. Removal of the death penalty, liberalization of penalties for crimes, and overall disregard for law abiding citizens has led this entire country to where we are. Those saying it is barbaric have apparently never been raped, beaten or sold into prostitution at age 13. These are just some of the stories I've seen today. Start with harsher penalties for repeat offenders and prisons that are not country clubs.

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