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Man pleads guilty to drug-related killing

A jury was scheduled to be seated Thursday in the first-degree murder trial of Brady Joe Lewis, who was charged in connection with the Dec. 10 burglary and shooting death of Douglas A. Penfield Jr.

Jury selection never took place, because Lewis pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder. Sentencing is set for May 15 before Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque.

Lewis, 32, admitted planning to rob Penfield, who dealt drugs, according to court records.

Penfield’s roommate came home to 5923 N. Regal St. on Dec. 10 and found him shot to death on the couch. She called authorities, who determined that Penfield died from six gunshots to the head and one to the neck, court records state.

Ten days after the killing, detectives found Lewis, who witnesses said left the scene of the murder.

Lewis “admitted that he planned the burglary … and acted alone when he entered Penfield’s residence through an unlocked front door,” Detective Terry Ferguson wrote in her report. Penfield woke up during the burglary and Lewis “shot him several times in the face.

“He admitted to putting a coat over his (Penfield’s) head so that he would not get blood on him when he hugged the victim and apologized for his actions,” Ferguson wrote.

Lewis took a bag containing about $6,000 and a safe containing about 26 ounces of methamphetamine.

Contact Thomas Clouse at tomc@spokesman.com or (509) 459-5495.

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