Police arrest convict Charles Lewis Jr. in Lansing

LANSING - A convicted murderer whom police had been searching for ever since he walked away from a group home earlier this month has been arrested, officials said.

Charles Lewis Jr. is being held in the Ingham County Jail after Lansing Police arrested him overnight, said Robert Merritt, the department's spokesman.

Merritt didn't immediately have more details about the arrest.

Lewis, 20, has been incarcerated since he was charged with murder at age 13 for his role in the 2010 killing of 19-year-old Shayla Johnson. She was dragged out of bed, thrown into the trunk of a car and shot five times during an attempted kidnapping.

Lewis's father, Charles K. Lewis Sr., fired the rifle used in the killing, according to court testimony. He is serving life plus seven years in federal prison. Six other men were also convicted and are serving lengthy prison sentences.

Lewis was convicted in juvenile court of first-degree murder and given a delayed sentence, meaning he could be held at a juvenile facility up to age 21 and have his sentence reassessed.

Last year he began an integration plan that led him to the group home in Macomb County, where he was allowed to attend community college classes and seek employment.

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(2016 © Lansing State Journal)


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