Man Convicted of Capital Murder of Toddler Gets Life in Prison

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Johnny Lewis Jr.

A Dallas County Judge delivered a life in prison conviction on Thursday, May 17 for Johnny Lewis Jr., 44, for the capital murder of a 3-year-old female in Duncanville on February 20, 2011.

Lewis was supposed to watching his girlfriend’s daughter, Sarai Staten. However, when she returned home Sari was dead and Lewis was nowhere to be found.

As early as February 24, 2011 Lewis was spotted in Helena, Montana, and was believed to be fleeing to Canada.

Lewis was taken into custody on February 26 in Bellingham, Washington where he was found in a homeless shelter using an alias name.

Through coordinated efforts by the Duncanville Police Department, United States Marshals in Dallas and Seattle, and the Bellingham Police Department, Lewis was apprehended and later extradited to Dallas County.

“We are thankful for the tremendous support by the United States Marshals and the Bellingham Police Department and hope that this conviction helps bring some closure to the victim’s family,” said David Moon, Detective with the City of Duncanville Police Department.