Man Commits Suicide Days Before Sentencing

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The Athens County Prosecutor's Office has confirmed that, days before his sentencing hearing, Jerry Lewis has committed suicide in Parkersburg.

County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn told The Messenger at 2:15 p.m. that Lewis, who pleaded guilty on Sept. 17 to felonious assault, theft and forgery had been found dead by Parkersburg police. He was scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.

Lewis shot his then-wife Connie Lewis in the abdomen while she slept in August of 2011.