Lewil sentenced to 20 years
A Fort Dodge man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter, a Class C felony; reckless use of a firearm resulting in serious injury, a Class C felony; and carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor.
Denharrio K. Lewil, 18, was originally charged with attempted murder and first-degree murder after a Sept. 20, 2020, shooting. In February, he pleaded guilty to the three amended charges, admitting to shooting at D’ante Whitfield, 22, with a semi-automatic pistol in the 400 block of South 14th Street. Instead of killing Whitfield, Lewil’s shots killed his nearby sister, J’Lynn Beason. Beason, 18, died the next day at a Des Moines hospital.
A full story will be in Tuesday’s issue of The Messenger.