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Sentencing for convicted armed robber moved

by Minden Press-Herald

Bernell Rayshon Lewis

Bernell Rayshon Lewis

Sentencing for a man convicted of armed robbery with the use of a firearm has been moved.

Court minutes show Judge Jeff Thompson, of the 26th judicial district, reset sentencing for Bernell Lewis, in light of a pre-sentence investigation, to Jan. 11, 2016.

Lewis entered a plea of guilty to an amended charge of attempted armed robbery in July in exchange for his testimony against his cousin, Mattavious Wortham.

Wortham was sentenced in August to 38 years in prison for trying to rob a Cullen store and attempting to kill the store owner.

Lewis was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery with the use of a firearm.

The attempted murder charge was dismissed.

Assistant District Attorney Hugo Holland said in July there was no evidence he tried to commit murder.

Cullen police reported two suspects entered a business and went around a counter to the area where a safe was located, Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said at the time of Lewis’ arrest.

Lynd, at the time of arrest, said a shot was fired at the owner, who was not injured.

The incident occurred in October 2014.

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