Lewis Sentenced

A convicted killer showed no emotion when he was sentenced to die.

Michael Jerome Lewis is the second suspect convicted in a case that took years to resolve.

Lewis was found guilty last month for the beating and shooting death of Timothy Kaye from Ashford. Kaye disappeared in April of 1997. His body was found floating in a Florida river several days later.

Another suspect in the case, Tony Free, was convicted and sentenced to life without parole for his part in the crime two years ago. Free testified against Lewis and tabbed him as the triggerman. But, defense attorney Jim Parkman told Judge Jerry White that Free was only trying to save his own skin.

The same jury that convicted Lewis recommended the death penalty on a ten-to-two vote. Judge White followed that recommendation.

The victim's mother says the case has been a six-year ordeal.

District Attorney Doug Valeska says Lewis will eventually get what he deserves.

Lewis will be transported to Holman Prison and be housed on death row while his case is automatically appealed.

Valeska says his office has successfully prosecuted a half-dozen murder cases so far this year.