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Man gets life in prison in death of Va. activist

Friday - 11/1/2013, 6:38pm  ET

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) -- A man convicted of killing a northern Virginia activist and throwing his body in a Fort Washington well has been sentenced to life in prison plus 120 years.

Tyrone Lewis was sentenced Friday. He was convicted in September of murder and other charges in the death of Lenwood Harris, a community activist in northern Virginia.

Prosecutors say Lewis and two other men seeking to get bail money for an arrested friend kidnapped Harris in September 2011 and demanded his ATM card and PIN number. Authorities say Lewis shot Harris at an abandoned house and then helped dump his body down a well. Harris' body was found in January 2012.

Harris was known for being an advocate for the underprivileged in Alexandria.


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