DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The second of two teenagers convicted of murdering an 84-year-old Detroit church guard has been sentenced to 17 to 32 years in prison.
Wayne County Circuit Judge Michael Callahan sentenced 18-year-old Alandre Boone on Wednesday for second-degree murder and felony firearm in the May shooting of Joseph Lewis. Court records show that Boone had a juvenile record for domestic violence and incorrigibility.
Fifteen-year-old co-defendant Anthony Williams was sentenced Sept. 26 to 14 to 32 years for the same offenses. He was tried and convicted as an adult.
Police say Lewis was working at Victory Way Assembly Church of God in Christ on May 9 when he was killed. The teens reportedly approached Lewis around 8:30 p.m. in the church parking lot on Tireman, between Livernois and I-96. That’s when investigators say a struggle ensued and one of the attackers fired shots, hitting Lewis. Police say robbery may have been the motive.
Investigators say Lewis was armed, but his gun was found in his holster as a Detroit police officer performed CPR at the scene. Emergency crews took Lewis to a local hospital where he died.
Lewis’s son, Anthony, said his father was a Korean War veteran and worked 55 years as a guard at various Detroit churches. Deacon Jimmy Jones said the church hired security about three years ago due to concerns about crime.
Lewis’s son-in-law Gary Melvin has said the family has no animosity toward the teens and says Lewis taught forgiveness.
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