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September 12, 2014

David Lewis Sentenced to More Than 17 Years for Fort Peck Murder

GREAT FALLS—A 51-year-old Brockton man who stabbed and killed a 21-year-old on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation was sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison. Great Falls United States District Court Brian Morris sentenced David Lewis, to 210 months in prison, followed by a term of five years’ supervised release.

Lewis previously pleaded guilty to second degree murder. In an Offer of Proof filed by the government, and accessible through PACER, the government stated that if the case had proceeded to trial, it would have proven that Lewis stabbed 21-year-old victim, A.B., approximately nineteen times in the back and arm following an alleged argument between them at Lewis’ house in Brockton, Montana.

The case came to law enforcement’s attention after the victim was reported missing by his family on January 11, 2014. The victim was last at the residence of David Lewis in Brockton, Montana. During the search for the victim, Lewis pretended as if he did not know where the victim was and even pretended to help search for him. Upon further inquiry from law enforcement, Lewis eventually confessed that he had stabbed and killed the victim, and that the victim’s body was still in his home.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, Lewis will have to serve at least 85% of his sentence before he is released from prison. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law & Justice Criminal Investigators. Assistant United States Attorneys Lori Suek, Laura Weiss, and Ryan Weldon prosecuted the case.

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