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.


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