DA SINI: BLOODS GANG MEMBER SENTENCED TO 17.5 TO 21 YEARS IN PRISON FOR 2017 ATTEMPED ASSAULT OF SCPD OFFICER & FLEEING POLICE
Defendant Was Convicted by a Jury of 30 Criminal Charges, Including Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer and Criminal Possession of a Weapon
(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini yesterday announced the sentencing of a Bloods gang member to 17 and one-half to 21 years in prison for an attempted assault of a Suffolk County Police officer, fleeing police, criminal possession of a weapon and other charges.
“This individual is a dangerous gang member who put many lives at risk, including the life of a Suffolk County Police officer. It is clear that this defendant had no intention of stopping for law enforcement that day,” District Attorney Sini said. “Thanks to the hard work of Assistant District Attorney Dana Gremaux and Assistant District Attorney Lauren Michalski, Lewis is being held accountable for his actions and will not be getting behind the wheel of a vehicle for a long time.”
“Justin Lewis displayed a blatant disregard for both the lives of law enforcement officers and those around him with his acts of aggression and domestic violence,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said. “I commend the detectives of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Fourth Squad and the District Attorney’s Office for their relentless pursuit to bring this violent man to justice and face the consequences of his actions.”
Justin Lewis, 31, of Shirley, was convicted by a jury on Oct. 10 of two counts of Attempted Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer, a C violent felony; four counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a D felony; Tampering with Physical Evidence, an E felony; two counts of Criminal Possession of a Firearm, an E felony; two counts of Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, an A misdemeanor; Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree, an A misdemeanor; Menacing in the Second Degree, an A misdemeanor; Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, an A misdemeanor; Reckless Driving, an unclassified misdemeanor; and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, an unclassified misdemeanor.
Lewis was sentenced yesterday by Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice William J. Condon to 17 and one-half to 21 years in prison.
Lewis was also charged with four counts of Speeding; Failure to Maintain Lane; and nine counts of Failure to Stop at Stop Sign, which are all traffic violations.
On Nov. 11, 2017, at approximately 2:21 a.m., Lewis was observed driving at a high rate of speed while failing to maintain his lane eastbound on Route 347 in Lake Grove. He then drove into a residential area and drove head-on toward a marked Suffolk County Police patrol car twice, causing the police officer to move to avoid collision. Lewis turned back onto Route 347 and was driving at a speed exceeding 100 mph, at which time a police pursuit was initiated by several patrol cars and a police helicopter. As the defendant headed southbound on Route 112, a police officer employed stop sticks but the defendant avoided them and continued to evade arrest.
A long-term investigation revealed that prior to fleeing police that day, Lewis had been involved in several acts of violence, during which he brandished a firearm in front of a woman at his residence in Farmingville, before fleeing the residence in his vehicle.
Lewis was identified by eyewitnesses, DNA evidence, and other investigative tactics as the driver of the vehicle involved in the attempted assault on the Suffolk County Police officer and the following police pursuit.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Dana Gremaux and Lauren Michalski, of the Narcotics Bureau.