BYLEN WELLS

Sanjay J. Lewis has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after entering an open guilty plea to charges he stabbed two women at a downtown Grayville apartment last March.

Resident Judge T. Scott Webb sentenced Lewis to 30 years in prison on a conviction of aggravated domestic battery and another ten years for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The two sentences will be served concurrently with the judge noting that Lewis, 46 will have to serve a minimum of 85 percent of his time behind bars. In addition, the judge ordered Lewis serve an additional 4 years of probation once he is released from prison and pay $599 in various fines, fees and court costs. Due to his lengthy criminal history, Lewis was sentenced as a habitual offender, which meant he was sentenced as a Class-X offender with a range of six to 30 years.

“The defendant’s conduct, as Judge Webb agreed, was accompanied by exceptionally brutal and heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty,” said White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud. “The result of what he did is horrific and life changing; he has proven that he deserves to be in prison for what will essentially be most if not all of the remainder of his life. I appreciate Judge Webb making the findings that he did and...

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