A Criminal Court jury convicted defendant Sherman Lewis, 31, on a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter Friday. Because of his extensive criminal record, Lewis faces 10 to 15 years in prison as a persistent offender under the law when he is sentenced next month by Judge W. Mark Ward.
Lewis will not be eligible for parole until service of at least 45 percent of his sentence.
The shooting occurred around 12:30 a.m. on May 31, 2013, at the Mile Creek Apartments in the 4100 block of Tarry Wood Cove where the victim, Shadquan Exum, 29, defendant Lewis and another man were involved in an argument.
Witnesses said the third man hit Exum in the face, knocking him to the ground. Exum retrieved a knife from his nearby apartment, but the three men seemed to settle their differences and Exum took the knife back to his apartment.
Lewis left the scene with two other men, but he returned about 30 minutes later and the argument with Exum men resumed. At some point Exum shouted at Lewis, “Go ahead and shoot me. I don’t care!”
Witnesses said Lewis raised his arm, pointed a pistol at Exum and then shot him in the chest, killing him.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Pam Stark.