Ris­ing Sun-area man fac­ing 40 years in crime spree cases

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A Ris­ing Sun man will re­ceive 40 years in sen­tences af­ter ac­cept­ing a bind­ing plea deal in which he ad­mit­ted to com­mit­ting three armed rob­beries and 39 bur­glar­ies and thefts in Ce­cil County, ac­cord­ing to

ELKTON

court records.

The de­fen­dant, Christo­pher James Lewis, 27, pleaded guilty to three counts of armed rob­bery, 22 counts of third-de­gree bur­glary, five counts of theft of more than $1,000 and less than $10,000, seven counts of theft of less than $1,000, three counts of theft of less than $100, one count of rob­bery and one count of sec­ond-de­gree bur­glary dur­ing a re­cent hear­ing, court records show.

Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court Judge Wil­liam W. Davis Jr. ac­cepted Lewis’ guilty pleas, which were the re­sult of a “global plea agree­ment” reached by Deputy State’s At­tor­ney Steven L. Tros­tle and Lewis’ as­sis­tant pub­lic de­fender, Thomas Klenk. A global plea agree­ment en­com­passes mul­ti­ple crim­i­nal cases.

Sen­tenc­ing is sched­uled for May 5.

Dur­ing a spree ear­lier this year, Lewis com­mit­ted the bur­glar­ies at homes and prop­er­ties in Ris­ing Sun, Conowingo, Colora and the sur­round­ing area.

The plea agree­ment also re­lates to a string of armed rob­beries that Lewis com­mit­ted, the first oc­cur­ring about 8:15 p.m. May 6 when he bran­dished a hand­gun and robbed the High’s Dairy Store in the 5600 block of Tele­graph Road, near the Blue Ball Road in­ter­sec­tion, north of Elkton.

The sec­ond one oc­curred at about 9:45 a.m. May 13 at the Dol­lar Gen­eral in Conowingo, where, once again, Lewis dis­played a hand­gun, de­manded money and then fled af­ter the cashier re­lin­quished an undis­closed sum of money.

Then about 9 p.m. May 14, Lewis robbed the Pantry One in the 1800 block of Conowingo Road near Ris­ing Sun.

Lewis’ crime spree in Ce­cil County re­port­edly crossed into Lan­caster County, Pa., where he stands ac­cused of steal­ing more than $17,000 in prop­erty from March 21 to May 20. He allegedly bur­glar­ized 13 homes there dur­ing that pe­riod, in ad­di­tion to rob­bing the Lit­tle Bri­tain Store in Lit­tle Bri­tain Town­ship at gun­point on May 17, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

FILE PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MSP

Ris­ing Sun-area res­i­dent Christo­pher J. Lewis ap­pears here in a sur­veil­lance photo re­lat­ing to the May 22 armed rob­bery at the Fair Hill Citgo, north of Elkton.

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