James get life plus 42 years for murder


YOUNGSTOWN — A man convicted last week in Mahoning County Common Pleas court to killing a man who was shot 16 times in his bed as he slept was sentenced to life in prison with no parole plus 42 years in prison by Judge R. Scott Krichbaum.

Gregory James, 37, was sentenced for the murder of Ronald Lewis, 40, who was killed in his Atkinson Avenue home March 24, 2017, as well as attempted murder for the shooting of Lewis' wife, who was shot 10 times but survived.

Police said James killed Lewis because Lewis' brother, Javell Bates, told Lewis that James had shot him March 3, 2017. Bates died two days before Lewis was killed.

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