SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) --- Justice isserved in a tragic crime of greed and jealousy in Montgomery County.
James Lewis, 80,is convicted of attempted murder of his estrangedson.
Lewis's mother died and gave a four-acre parcel of land,house and tennis court to her grandson, the victim, Russell Lewis. The fatherdrove from his home in Pennsylvania to hisson'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 upto find his own father standing over his bed with a .32 caliber revolver, according to charging documents.
"If not for turning in his sleep, for rolling to his side, [Russell Lewis] might be dead today," saidRamon Korionoff, spokesperson forMontgomery County State's Attorney's Office.
One bullet entered the son's arm.Another bullet went through a pillow. "Four inches difference and his heart is no longer the target," Korionoff continued.
The sonmanaged to wrestle the gun away and flee the home before calling the police.Shortly thereafter police arrested James who was still in the house.
"He seemed to be a man who was very, very perturbed to be cut out of his mother's will," said Korionoff.
Korionoff said the son is satisfied his fatherfaces the rest of his life in prison.
James Lewis is convictedof first degree attempted murder,
burglary, first degree assault and use of a firearm in a commission of a crime of violence.
The father and son connection makes this case "very troubling," Korionoff described.
"A father trying to kill his son is really a tragic situation, and the old adage that money and greed are the root of all evil might be the case."