On the night of April 10, 2016 Benjamin Gregory Lewis, then 37, got into a fight with his Lakewood, Washington neighbor Amiya T. Johnson. Lewis was a former Army combat medic who had served in Iraq.
He had been detailed to Ranger school at Fort Benning, Georgia, and would disclose later that night that he was diagnosed with PTSD. At the time the fight occurred Lewis was working in construction as a concrete finisher.
Despite not knowing the name of the person he was about to nearly kill, Lewis and Johnson threw down in the parking lot of their apartment complex. At one point during the fight, Lewis was seen by witnesses on top of Johnson attempting to strangle him.
Witnesses also reported seeing Lewis holding a steak knife, which he used to deliver four stab wounds to Johnson’s neck and upper body. Lewis fled in a dark colored Kia before the police arrived. When officers arrived on scene they found Johnson lying in a supine position on the ground.
He appeared incoherent and there was a knife blade – broken from the handle – on the ground next to him. Also nearby were a glass crack pipe and a 211 Steel Reserve beer can. Responding officers observed multiple puncture wounds on Johnson and a medic bystander was providing basic life support. On scene officers contacted a neighbor who had witnessed much of the fight and also contacted Amber Lance, Benjamin Lewis’s girlfriend.
The neighbor-witness made allegations suggesting that Amber had been involved in the crime. Meanwhile, elsewhere, Officer Nick McClelland had located Lewis’s Kia, and with the assistance of other officers made a high-risk traffic stop, taking Lewis into custody. Lewis was cooperative and told Officer McClelland that he would answer questions “to a point.”
He related that he had just left his residence and was headed to “nowhere”. When asked why he had blood on him, Lewis responded “there was a scuffle.” Officer McClelland asked him who he had a “scuffle” with and Lewis replied “a dude that kept fucking with me” who he could only describe as a fat black male. When Officer McClelland asked Lewis what had happened during the fight, Lewis replied “I was trying to kill him.” Lewis denied using any weapons and stated that he was only trying to choke the fat black dude.
Benjamin Lewis, Amber Lance, and the witness were all brought to the Lakewood police station for questioning. A few days ago Real World Police published a video containing exclusive footage of the police interview of the neighbor-witness, as well as the interrogation of Amber Lance.
This is the interrogation of Benjamin Gregory Lewis. Although Lewis initially pleaded not guilty, on August 25, 2016 Lewis pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court to two counts of second-degree assault. Judge John McCarthy sentenced him to two years, two months in prison.
Update: Real World Police has purchased copies of the sentencing order, warrant of confinement, and order setting restitution in this case. The latter order reveals that Lewis was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $36,093.34. Interestingly, the funds are to be allocated as follows: $1,956.24 for crime victims compensation, and $34,137.10 to “Community Health Plan,” the latter being the cost of Johnson’s medical treatment. Additionally,
Lewis was ordered to pay court and justice-related costs in the amount of $800. A ten-year no contact order was issued for Lewis in relation to Amiya Johnson. (The no contact order is not legally allowed to last longer than the maximum sentence for the crime.) The sentencing order also contains criminal history information for Lewis. It contains three line items.
In 2008 Lewis was convicted of 3rd degree theft and driving under the influence (the same incident) and in 2010 Lewis was again convicted of driving under the influence.
Article by Real World Police