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Lewis convicted of killing Alexandria activist

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Published on: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

By Jim Davis

A Fort Washington man was convicted of the 2011 killing of an Alexandria activist. He also faces charges of two other homicides in Prince George’s County.

Tyrone Lewis, 27, was found guilty last Tuesday of murdering Lenwood Harris and additional charges of kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

Lewis and two accomplices — Linwood Johnson and Ivan Newman — needed money to bail out a friend in 2011. They asked Harris to meet them in Alexandria, where they said they would buy clothing from his line. Instead, they kidnapped him and demanded his ATM card and pin number, according to court documents.

The three men took Harris to an abandoned house in Fort Washington where he was shot in the head by Lewis and his body was thrown into a well. The men then tried to use his ATM card at several machines in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

On Jan. 26, 2012, homicide detectives located Harris’s body after receiving a tip. Johnson was questioned by police and he admitted his involvement in the killing and implicated Lewis and Newman, according to police reports.

At a press conference held in Upper Marlboro after the trial, Prince George’s State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said, “I am very pleased with this verdict. Mr. Lewis is a violent individual who killed Mr. Harris in cold blood after kidnapping him and forcing him to give up his ATM card and pin number at gunpoint. There is no place for violent individuals like this in our community, and we simply will not tolerate those who commit crimes against our citizens.”

Lewis is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 1. He is facing a maximum sentence of life without parole plus 140 years.

Johnson and Newman pleaded guilty and are still waiting to be sentenced.

Lewis, along with Kelvin Delonte Walker Jr., was also charged with the murder of Justin Antonio Isaacs, 17.  Lewis is also being charged with the homicide of Edmund Akofio-Sowah.

Isaacs was found shot on Oct. 10, 2011, in the 2100 block of Iverson Street in Hillcrest Heights. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On Jan. 26, 2005, Akofio-Sowah was found shot in the head in a taxi in Capitol Heights. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

Police said robbery was a motive in all murders.

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