Tyrone Lewis found guilty of murdering Lenwood Harris

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Lenwood "Lenny" Harris
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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Tuesday, Tyrone Lewis was found guilty of the first-degree murder of community activist Lenwood Harris. Lewis was also convicted of nine other charges including kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

Authorities say in September 2011, Lewis, Linwood Johnson and Ivan Newman were attempting to secure bail money for a friend who had been arrested. They lured Harris to a location in Alexandria, pretending to buy some clothes from Harris' clothing line. They met up with Harris but instead of buying clothes, they kidnapped him, say authorities. The three demanded he give them his ATM card and pin number.

Later, the three took Harris to an abandoned house in the Fort Washington area. Authorities say Lewis shot Harris in the head before the three men tried to use Harris' ATM card at machines in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Authorities say Lewis and Johnson went back to the abandoned house the next day with plans to bury Harris' body. After discovering wells on the property, they decided to dump Harris' body down a well instead.

An anonymous call in January 2012 lead to the discovery of Harris' body. Police then questioned Johnson, who admitted his involvement in the killing. Police say he implicated Lewis and Newman as well.

Tuesday, jurors deliberated for nearly three hours before they returned with their guilty verdict.

Lewis is scheduled to be sentenced on November 1. He faces a maximum sentence of life without parole plus 140 years.

Johnson and Newman previously pleaded guilty for their roles in the crime. They are awaiting sentencing. Johnson testified against Lewis.

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