Butler man sentenced to 21 years in prison


Accomplice awaits trial

By Zach Jones - zjones@civitasmedia.com



Christopher D. Lewis


Michael Oswalt


A 30-year-old Butler man, who was arrested in connection with a Bellville home invasion last April, was sentenced to 21 years behind bars last Tuesday.

Christopher Lewis, 30, was convicted of 19 felony charges and one misdemeanor charge in the Richland County Common Pleas Court last week.

Lewis was found guilty by jury of one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony; one count of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; one count of kidnapping, a first-degree felony; 14 counts of grand theft, a third-degree felony; two counts of theft, a fifth-degree felony and possession of drug instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor.

The assault, burglary, robber and kidnapping charges each carried weapon specifications.

The second defendant in the case, Michael Oswalt, 32 of Mansfield, faces the same string of charges his alleged accomplice Lewis was found guilty on.

Oswalt’s trial is set to commence Nov. 16.

The victim said he didn’t get a good look at the two men although they seemed fairly young. It was 5:15 a.m. and dark outside when the accused came to the victim’s house. They allegedly assaulted him, bound him and robbed him of several firearms, ammunition and two TVs.

The duo were accused of stealing more than a dozen guns, including a Baretta 12-gauge shotgun and a German Mauser, two televisions and ammunition from the Reinhart Road residence.

Christopher D. Lewis
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2015/11/web1_B9317792316Z.1_20150619140442_000_G2TB4J2TU.1-02.jpgChristopher D. Lewis

Michael Oswalt
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2015/11/web1_635790544138068305-oswalt2.jpgMichael Oswalt
Accomplice awaits trial

By Zach Jones

zjones@civitasmedia.com

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Reach Jones on Twitter @Bellville_Jones or via email at zjones@civitasmedia.com