02/22/11 — Lewis not guilty of attempted murder

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Lewis not guilty of attempted murder

By Gary Popp
Published in News on February 22, 2011 1:46 PM

A jury reached a verdict Monday in Wayne County Superior Court in the attempted murder trial of Mack Recardo Lewis.

He was found not guilty of trying to kill his former girlfriend but was found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon.

He also was found not guilty of a charge of first-degree burglary.

Lewis was sentenced by Judge Arnold Jones to 120 to 153 months in prison. He will be given credit for the 455 days he spent awaiting trial.

The jury began deliberations Thursday but was sent home after four hours. They deliberated another three hours on Friday before being discharged for the weekend. On Monday, the panel took only about 45 minutes to come to a decision.

The trial began a week ago. The charges against Lewis stemmed from an altercation he had with Gloria Peacock on Nov. 9, 2009 at her home in the Hood Swamp community.

Mrs. Peacock alleged that Lewis broke into her home and stabbed her several times with a knife while she was at home with her five children. The two have two children together.

Lewis claimed that she started the fight and assaulted him with a kitchen knife, slicing his upper arm.

She said Lewis had told her, "If I can't have you, no one can."

After the fight, Mrs. Peacock was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital with stab wounds to her abdomen and back and cuts to her hands.