Detroit Man Convicted Of Killing Cop As Teen Gets Shorter Sentence

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October 18, 2019 - 7:23 am

photo: Michigan Department of Corrections/2018

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A 60-year-old Detroit man who has spent 42 years behind bars for killing an off-duty police officer may soon be set free.

Judge Qiana Lillard on Thursday reduced the life sentence of Charles Lewis to 37 to 60 years in prison, saying it was a "spur of the moment ... robbery that went bad."

Lewis was 17 years old in 1976 when Gerald Sypitkowski was fatally shot.

His attorney, Sanford Schulman, believes the 60-year-old Lewis will be immediately eligible for release.

Lewis' case was reopened after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles can't automatically be sentenced to life terms like adults convicted of murder. The Wayne County prosecutor's office didn't ask for another life sentence but still wanted Lewis to serve a term of years.