Detroit Teen Sentenced In Killing Of 84-Year-Old Church Security Guard

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joseph lewis detroitDETROIT  — A teenager has been sentenced to at least 14 years in prison in the fatal shooting of an 84-year-old man who was killed while guarding a Detroit church.

Fifteen-year-old Anthony Williams apologized to the family of Joseph Lewis Jr., (pictured) who was killed in May outside Victory Way Assembly Church of God in Christ. Williams was charged as an adult.

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Williams was not the shooter, but he was accused of assaulting Lewis with an accomplice before the struggle turned fatal. Williams was sentenced to at least 12 years in prison for second-degree murder and two years for use of a firearm during a felony.

The victim’s son-in-law, Gary Melvin, says the family has no animosity toward Williams or co-defendant Alandre Boone. Melvin says Lewis taught forgiveness.

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