(WLNS) – Charles Lewis Junior was only 13 years old when prosecutors say he and six other men, including his father, shot and killed 19-year-old Shayla Johnson in 2010.
But instead of a life sentence a Lansing judge sent Lewis to a rehabilitation center and said he’d check-in with the teen to see how he’s doing. So today Lewis stood in front of Ingham county Circuit Court Judge George Economy once again for a scheduled “progress check”.
While the judge says Lewis is doing better and will allow him more freedom at his rehabilitation center, he adds Lewis needs to remain in the custody of the state. “Is he being released into the community? No. Is he still in the custody of the Maxie training school? Yes. But I believe that the testimony from what I heard warrants to allow Charles to move on to level three and see how he progresses… We will do that. We will take another step forward and see if that continues.”
When Lewis turns 21 the judge to decide if he’ll stay in prison for life or have a chance for parole.