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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Md. man convicted in bar fight killing

By Ruben Castaneda
Ruben Castaneda

A Suitland man was convicted of of second-degree murder and other charges in connection with an incident in which he started a fistfight in a bar and grill, left to retrieve a handgun, then returned and shot two people, one of them fatally.

On Monday a Prince George's County jury convicted Adrian F. Lewis, 31, of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, and two handgun violations, State's Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said.

The incident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. on April 10, 2010, at Andrew's Bar & Grill in the 6400 block of Suitland Road in Suitland. According to evidence presented by prosecutors,
Lewis started a fight inside the bar, a fracas that was captured on the bar's surveillance system.

The surveillance video showed Lewis grabbing a young woman. When friends of the woman came to her defense, Lewis hit them, the video showed.

The fight broke up, and Lewis went to his nearby home, where he retrieved a .9-mm handgun, according to evidence presented by Assistant State's Attorney Wesley Adams.

Lewis returned to the parking lot of the bar, and approached Walter Britt, a man who had not been involved in the earlier fight.

Lewis pulled the gun from his waistband, announced, "I'm gonna kill all you all," and started shooting at Britt and into the crowd, prosecutors said.

A bystander, Cynthia Aaron, 32, of Houston, Texas, was struck by a bullet in the back of her head, and was killed instantly.

Britt was shot five times in the back, prosecutors said. He suffered a collapsed lung but survived.

Circuit Court Judge Melanie Shaw-Geter scheduled sentencing for April 6. Lewis faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for both the second-degree murder conviction and the attempted murder conviction. Each of the handgun violations carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

"We hope justice will be meted out for a just punishment for the brutal murder of an innocent woman gunned down randomly in the prime of life," Alsobrooks said.

[This post has been updated.]

By Ruben Castaneda  | February 2, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda  | Tags:  Prince George's County crime  
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Comments

Wow what a tough guy we have here. Attacking unarmed WOMEN in a bar, apparantly getting beaten away by her friends, then to show how totally tough he is goes to his house, retrieves a gun and proceeds to shoot a bunch of unarmed people.
That'll get you some serious street cred...what a gutless wuss!
Enjoy 20 to 30 years of being raped in prison for showing how tough you are!

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | February 2, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I read this twice to make sure I wasn't seeing things but the author of this story changes the suspect's name (between Francis and Lewis) several times. Who is Francis? Confusing.

Posted by: akolazas | February 2, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Yea, I don't know who Francis is. This story is very confusing. Is Francis the same person as Lewis? Why does the author call Lewis, Francis?

Posted by: matt555 | February 2, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Really, WaPo? ".9mm"?

Posted by: gth1 | February 2, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

WaPo must not have an online editor. Are we supposed to assume the "F" in the dirt bags name is for Francis? What a sissy anyways.

Posted by: mossmillennium | February 2, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

WaPo must not have an online editor. Are we supposed to assume the "F" in the dirt bags name is for Francis? What a sissy anyways.

Posted by: mossmillennium | February 2, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Real tough guys settle disputes with their fists. Anybody can be tough with a gun. Even a 101-year-old grandmother.

A lot of bad stuff comes out of Suitland.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 2, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Hope he never ever gets out of prison.....

Posted by: 10bestfan | February 2, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

akolazas:

Thanks for finding that. Don't know how I initially overlooked that.

What a waste of a human being. Shooting innocent people makes for a very unpleasant time in jail. Thoughts and prayers go out to these victims.

Posted by: brandip_77 | February 2, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The name issue has been fixed. Thank you for calling it to our attention.

Posted by: Washington Post editors | February 2, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

This is the type of ignorant person that we see too often in our communities. What is this second degree murder crap. He knew what he was doing when he went home and retrieved his gun, and at that point, what did he say "I only intended to shoot, not to kill"?

Grope someone, get your ask kicked, then go home, get a gun, come back, and just shoot at people who had nothing to do with it. Typical idiot behavior that we witness all too often.

Posted by: keedrow | February 2, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Real tough guys settle disputes with their fists. Anybody can be tough with a gun. Even a 101-year-old grandmother.

A lot of bad stuff comes out of Suitland.

Posted by: TaxiDriver

I am normally against you on your post but this one I am with you.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 2, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

@Ruben Castaneda: Quick question Mr WAPO reporter...WHO THE HELL IS FRANCIS??? At first, I thought I was lunching; but after reading it over NUMEROUS of times, I am convinced that you are the one who is really lunching for not PROOF-READING your work b4 it gets posted 4 hundreds of thousands to read...Come on WAPO, my 5yo niece can do better than this...smh!

Posted by: dmcclure05 | February 2, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

C'mon guys...Mr Lewis apparently suffered from double personalities and used it in his defense. Unfortunately, it did not work and so his alter ego Mr. Francis appeared for the sentencing. Understood? Lewis, Francis, whatever...we are missing the point...violence in our neighborhoods!!

Posted by: GtownG | February 2, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't the statement "I'm gonna kill all you all", after going home to get a gun and returning constitute a premeditated murder 1 charge? Help me understand the muder 2 part.

Posted by: boo4hi | February 3, 2011 2:44 AM | Report abuse

Tax payers shouldn't have to pay to clothe and feed people like this… especially, for up to 30 years.

Death penalty at the expense of the convict's family!

Posted by: c_loc | February 3, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

This is unfortunate, it's really just a case of a guy having a bad day.

Posted by: mike8 | February 3, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

This mope is truly a meance to society.
Lock his A## up forever!

Posted by: dc4life | February 3, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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