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Georgia Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder Related to a Witness in an OIG Investigation

On May 15, 2015, the U.S. District Court, Albany, Georgia, granted a motion filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office to dismiss the indictment charging Devasko Lewis with conspiracy to criminally violate an Imminent Hazard Out-of-Service Order issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The dismissal of the federal case was based upon the sentencing of Devasko Lewis on April 17 to life without the possibility of parole for the murder of a relative of a federal witness in Houston County, Georgia, Superior Court.

In January 2014, the Houston County, Georgia, District Attorney's Office charged Lewis with murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery. It was alleged Lewis conspired to murder Corey Daniels, a co-defendant in our federal investigation of conspiracy to violate the FMCSA Imminent Hazard Order. Daniels agreed to cooperate in the federal case against Lewis and shortly after he agreed to cooperate, an attempt was made on his life. Although Daniels was the actual target, in a case of mistaken identity, his nephew was killed at Daniels’ residence. Prior to the murder, Lewis had expressed his displeasure with Daniels’ cooperation against him in the federal case.

We assisted Houston County, Georgia authorities in their murder prosecution of Lewis.