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He killed a security guard on Thanksgiving Day. Now this Newport News man is headed to prison

Coleston Ryan Lewis. left, was convicted of killing Richard Irvin, right. (Lewis photo courtesy VPRJ; file/WY Daily)
Coleston Ryan Lewis. left, was convicted of killing Richard Irvin, right. (Lewis photo courtesy VPRJ; file/WY Daily)

A Newport News man was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison for shooting and killing a security guard during a Thanksgiving Day party in 2016.

Coleston Ryan Lewis, 28, appeared in the York-Poquoson Circuit Court on four charges, including voluntary manslaughter, carrying a concealed weapon, brandishing a firearm and shooting in a public place.

A jury found Lewis guilty of the charges in May, recommending a 13-year sentence. On Tuesday, a circuit court judge did just that.

Lewis was at a Thanksgiving party at the Country Grill, at 1215 George Washington Memorial Highway in York County, when he shot and killed security guard Richard Irvin on Nov. 24, 2016.

In prior hearings, witnesses testified that Irvin broke up an altercation involving Lewis around 2 a.m. before Lewis fired shots.

Lewis was arrested Nov. 30, 2016 in Newport News following a several-day-long manhunt.

He was initially charged with first-degree murder, but the jury reduced that charge to voluntary manslaughter after Lewis’ trial May 4.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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