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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Pr. George’s judge sentences killer to 70 years

A Circuit Court judge in Prince George’s County last week sentenced a Suitland man to 70 years in prison for killing a woman outside a bar, State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said.

Circuit Court Judge Melanie Shaw-Geter imposed the sentence on Adrian F. Lewis, 21. He was convicted in the slaying of Cynthia Aaron, 32, a bystander who was fatally shot when Lewis opened fire after an April 2010 fight at Andrew’s Bar & Grill in Suitland.

“This sentence of 70 years behind bars is a just punishment for the brutal murder of an innocent woman gunned down randomly in the prime of her life,” Alsobrooks said in a written statement. “Now Mr. Lewis will have plenty of time to think about the tragedy he caused.”

In January, a Circuit Court jury convicted Lewis of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, and two handgun violations.

According to evidence presented by prosecutors, the events that led to Lewis’s crimes began around 2 a.m. on April 10, 2010, at Andrew’s Bar & Grill in the 6400 block of Suitland Road in Suitland.

Inside the bar, Lewis started a fight, an incident that was captured on the bar’s surveillance system, authorities said.

The video showed Lewis grabbing a young woman, prosecutors said. When friends of the woman came to her defense, Lewis hit them, the video showed, according to prosecutors.

After the fracas broke up, Lewis went to his nearby home, retrieved a .9mm handgun, and returned to the bar. At the bar parking lot, Lewis approached a man named Walter Britt, who had not been involved in the earlier fight, prosecutors said.

Lewis pulled the gun from his waistband, announced, “I’m gonna kill all y’all,” and began firing at Britt and into a crowd, prosecutors said.

Aaron, 32, of Houston, Texas, was struck by a bullet in the head and died instantly.

Britt was shot five times in the back, and suffered a collapsed lung, but survived, authorities said.

By  |  09:05 AM ET, 04/12/2011

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