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Man sentenced for shooting death at Cap n' Cork liquor store

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 10:18 am

A man who pleaded guilty to shooting a man inside a Cap n' Cork liquor store in June was sentenced Friday morning.

Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull sentenced Michael S. Lewis, 22, to 30 years, with 25 to be executed and 5 years suspended with 5 years' probation. He was given credit for 248 days served.

Lewis pleaded guilty Jan. 16 to a single count of voluntary manslaughter after originally being charged with murder in the death of Christopher Mhoon, according to documents filed in Allen Superior Court. Lewis had ridden to the store with two other men June 8, according to the documents. When one of the men became involved in a fist fight with Mhoon inside the store, Lewis allegedly came in and shot Mhoon, police said in the documents.

Witnesses told police that Lewis continued to shoot as Mhoon fled the store, firing between five and seven shots, the documents said. Two witnesses later contacted police and identified Lewis, the documents said. Mhoon died at the scene.

Under state law, the minimum sentence for voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon, a Class A felony, is 20 years in prison.

Check back later for more from the court hearing or read Saturday's News-Sentinel.