A Rockland County jury convicted William
Lewis, 30, of 47 New Main Street in Haverstraw of felony counts of
second degree Attempted Murder and first degree Assault for a violent attack on
his neighbor in December 2012.
Lewis was convicted on all counts against him. He will be sentenced on December 12th and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in state prison on the top count of the indictment.
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe said on December 5, 2012 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Lewis entered the victim’s room in the New Main Street Hotel in the Village of Haverstraw planning to rob him. Lewis lived across the hall from the victim.
“Lewis repeatedly struck the victim with a guitar, stabbed him with a broken light bulb and strangled him with a cord,” said Zugibe. “As a result of the brutal assault, the victim was in a coma for two weeks and spent one month recovering at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.”
The victim suffered a skull fracture, fracture of the right eye orbit, two fractured ribs and numerous lacerations and his vision was permanently damaged. Lewis was arrested and charged by the Town of Haverstraw Police Department.
“The crimes of which the defendant has been convicted were violent and opportunistic - they resulted in the victim being nearly killed,” said Zugibe on Wednesday.