Man gets 12-year sen­tence after na­tional crime spree

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

WORCES­TER (AP) — A Mas­sachusetts man ac­cused of go­ing on a coast-to-coast crime ram­page that started when he was charged with rap­ing a 13-year-old girl was sen­tenced Tues­day to up to 12 years in prison.

Gre­gory Lewis, 30, of South­bridge, was sen­tenced after plead­ing guilty to more than a dozen charges, in­clud­ing in­de­cent as­sault and bat­tery on a child, The Telegram & Gazette re­ported.

Lewis had been charged with ag­gra­vated child rape, but un­der terms of a deal, pleaded to the lesser charges.

Prosecutors re­quested a sen­tence of 25 to 30 years.

Lewis was ar­rested after sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the girl in the sum­mer of 2014, but he cut off a court-or­dered mon­i­tor­ing de­vice and fled the state, au­thor­i­ties said.

After sev­eral days, he re­turned to Mas­sachusetts and at­tacked his 67-year-old step­fa­ther and stole his gun and ve­hi­cle be­fore leav­ing the state again, po­lice said.

While on the run, Lewis al­legedly raped, kid­napped and robbed es­corts in Colorado and Ore­gon, was sus­pected of rob­bing an­other woman work­ing for an es­cort ser­vice in In­di­ana, and of ab­duct­ing and rob­bing a woman in North Carolina. He was con­nected to crimes in Mis­souri and Utah, and went to Ken­tucky, Con­necti­cut, Kansas and Ohio while on the lam, au­thor­i­ties say.

He was caught in Fort Ed­ward, New York, in Oc­to­ber 2014 after driv­ing into the Hud­son River while flee­ing a traf­fic stop.

He was re­turn­ing to Mas­sachusetts to kill the 13-yearold girl, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said at the time.

He still faces charges in at least four other states, Mas­sachusetts au­thor­i­ties said.

Lewis’ lawyer, Michael Cash­man, re­quested a lighter sen­tence than prosecutors, say­ing his client had no prior crim­i­nal record as an adult and had lived a “pro­duc­tive and fairly nor­mal life” be­fore 2014.

Lewis has ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for his con­duct, his lawyer said.

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