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Lewis gets maximum sentence for 2017 killing

A Mitchell man was sentenced Monday morning to spend almost 17 years in prison for killing a man in August 2017. After about two hours of witness testimony and argument, the court sentenced 50-year-old Anthony Lewis to the maximum sentence allowe...

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A Mitchell man was sentenced Monday morning to spend almost 17 years in prison for killing a man in August 2017.

After about two hours of witness testimony and argument, the court sentenced 50-year-old Anthony Lewis to the maximum sentence allowed by his plea agreement for stabbing Quinn Schleuning four times, resulting in Schleuning’s death.

The court determined at the Davison County Public Safety Center that Lewis should be sentenced to 40 years in the state penitentiary with 22 years suspended and credit for 511 days served. The reasoning for that was that evidence compiled in a presentence investigation report and presented at the sentencing hearing showed that Lewis followed Schleuning out of the apartment building where incidents began and stabbed him in the back as Schleuning turned to walk away from the altercation.

Prior to sentencing, the state called two of Schleuning’s siblings as witnesses, and Lewis’ defense called several people who were either present for or were later involved with the case. A 911 call about the incident was played during the hearing, and the court reviewed a video from a local business’ security cameras that reportedly shows Lewis stabbing Schleuning.

In addition to his prison sentence, Lewis was ordered to pay any applicable restitution for funeral costs to Schleuning’s family, with a cap of $10,000, and $104 in court costs. He must also repay court-appointed attorney’s fees and any applicable defense costs. The court waived fines.

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