Teen killer caught in Lansing

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A man wanted for a murder that happened when he was 13-years-old has been caught by police.

The case of Charles Lewis, Jr. got national attention several years ago after the then-teenager was convicted as an adult for the murder of Shayla Johnson back in 2010.

His case went to trial at a time when the nation was talking about how to handle life sentences for underage suspects and convicts.

Lewis, at the time, was given a “blended sentence” by a judge. That meant he would remain under court supervision, and that the judge would check in on Lewis’ progress until he turned 21. Bad behavior could mean the judge has the power to send Lewis to prison for life.

Corrections officials say Lewis, who was working at a Detroit-area restaurant, walked away from his job on Sunday, September 4th, and did not return to the group home where he was staying.

Police say they got a tip and found Lewis at a south Lansing home early Friday morning. Members of the Capitol Area Violent Crime Initiative, working with the Lansing Police Department Violent Crime Impact Team, say he was arrested without incident. He’s now at the Ingham County Jail.

Stay tuned to 6 News as we continue to follow this long-running case and how it could affect Lewis’ final sentence.

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