Man sentenced to 35 years in jail for attempted murder

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- An 80-year-old man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after he attempted to kill his son over inheritance, officials said.

James Russell Lewis, has been sentenced to 35 years in jail for 'Attempted First-Degree Murder' of his 45-year-old son, Russell Lewis.

James Lewis's mother died and gave a four-acre parcel of land, house and tennis court to her grandson, the victim, Russell Lewis. The father drove from his home in Pennsylvania to his son's home on Ednor Road in Silver Spring on Sept. 20, 2011. He attempted to shoot his son in his sleep.

The son, Russell Lewis, woke up to find his own father standing over his bed with a .32 caliber revolver, according to charging documents. One bullet entered the son's arm. Another bullet went through a pillow. The son managed to wrestle the gun away and flee the home before calling the police. Shortly thereafter police arrested James who was still in the house, officials said.

James Lewis has been found guilty of first degree attempted murder, first degree burglary, first degree assault and use of a handgun in a commission of a crime of violence, officials said.


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