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Clayton man gets 27 years for trying to shoot officer

Posted February 4, 2011

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— A Clayton man received a 27-year prison sentence Friday based on testimony that he tried to shoot a police officer during a scuffle two years ago.

Daniel Charles Lewis pleaded guilty to one federal count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and ordered to pay an $8,000 fine.

A police officer testified that Lewis tried to shoot him, and U.S. District Judge Louis Flanagan deemed Lewis to be an armed career offender, according to U.S. Attorney George Holding. That ruling increased his sentence.

Prosecutors said that Lewis jumped from a car halted during a traffic stop on July 2, 2009.

As he struggled with an officer who chased him, prosecutors said, Lewis pulled out a .380-caliber pistol and pointed it at the officer. He tried to pull the trigger, but the officer maneuvered the weapon so it couldn't fire, then wrested it away from Lewis.

He was captured by other officers who came as backup.

Lewis' criminal history dates to 2002 and includes multiple convictions for felony breaking and entering and larceny, according to state Department of Correction records. He served two separate three- and five-month jail sentences for various probation violations.

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  • CWILLIAMS1639 Feb 4, 2011

    Doesn't he feel stupid first he shots at a cop then he takes it to trial with the Feds. Dumb move he could have plead and got about 10 yrs instead of 27.

  • Duke _Nukem Feb 4, 2011

    I am not trying to stir any pot, but why is it a worse penalty for trying to shoot an officer over trying to shoot a civilian?

    Two main reason. First a person who is brazen enough to try to kill a armed person is as dangerous as it gets and posses a extreme threat to society. Second is because if criminals got a slap on the wrist for trying to murder police what would stop them for trying it more often. And would you want to be a cop and risk your life knowing that the justice system would protect you?

  • WRALSUCKS Feb 4, 2011

    "If this man was named "Jose Flores" there would be 20 times the comments by now."

    YAwwwnnn....

    More "race card" fantasy.

  • nogade Feb 4, 2011

    Another criminal out of prison on our streets with nothing better to. Guess he couldn't get a job or do society any good so he had do something to get back into prison so all the tax paying people could support him for a little while longer. He'll be out soon so we won't have to pay too much for him to live on.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Feb 4, 2011

    Good, he deserves all of it and more.

  • ccs1920 Feb 4, 2011

    shoutntime/ The officer represents all of society. When you try to kill him, you are trying to kill all of us. That's the way I look at it.

  • The Fox Feb 4, 2011

    Good, glad the Federal Count was finally used.

    [If this man was named "Jose Flores" there would be 20 times the comments by now.] That's because Jose had 20 times the victims.

  • nothingbutthetruth Feb 4, 2011

    hey shoutntime...your not the coldest beer in the fridge. is civilian exposed to those situations everyday they go to work? when someone is holding up a bank, do you go and run in or do the police? you need to keep your stupid comments to yourself and pray for the officers everyday that some to your aid when you need help.

  • WooHoo2You Feb 4, 2011

    If this man was named "Jose Flores" there would be 20 times the comments by now.

    Glad the officer was not hit.

  • shoutntime Feb 4, 2011

    I am not trying to stir any pot, but why is it a worse penalty for trying to shoot an officer over trying to shoot a civilian? A officer carries a gun, has proper training and picked a career where he/she knew there was the possibility of someone possible shooting at them.

    Civilians get the opportunity to walk around unarmed and for the most part defenseless unless they are lucky enough to have a permit to carry a gun in the few places the law allows.

    Like I said, not trying to stir a pot, I just don't understand the thinking.

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