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Decatur GA |Sunday, March 25, 2018 – Legal Defense Drive


Mr. Charles Lewis an Innocent Juvenile-Lifer, he needs our assistance with his legal defense. With proper legal representation Mr. Charles Lewis can go forward with all his legal issues as well his innocence now having the opportunity to finally be heard in court.

The Family of Charles Lewis has established The Charles Lewis Legal Defense Fund https://www.gofundme.com/FreeCharlesLewis-JLWOP

Innocent Juvenile-Lifer, Charles Lewis was 17 years old in 1976 when he was falsely accused, convicted and imprisoned for the murder of an off-duty Detroit police officer for a crime he did not commit. October 27, 2016 Mlive.com News reported by Gus Burns, “Lewis was 17 at the time. While he was convicted of first-degree, premeditated murder and sentenced to an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole, things can change over four decades. The Supreme Court ruled its cruel and unusual punishment to give a juvenile killer a mandatory life sentence. Now 57, Lewis, who is suffering from health issues, has an opportunity at freedom. Lewis is one of about 370 still-living Michigan inmates who were sentenced to mandatory life sentences as minors.  ( www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2016/10/judge_to_decide_if_1977-convic.html) Written by Wendy G. Lewis Military Veteran-Medically Retired.

Charles Lewis shared words of encouragement to his sister Wendy Lewis: “I just want to let you know that I am proud of you and truly appreciate all that you are doing. Things didn't go the way that I planned but I’m not down for the count or depressed about the way that things went. I know that in spite of how they went that I'm blessed to even have court hearings because there are many juvenile lifers that don't get hearings. So, I am thankful for the blessings and look forward to many more in the future.” (Charles Lewis, JPay.com Message, dated: March 9, 2018) https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/lifetime-conviction-in-question-for-man-convicted-of-killing-officer-in-1977
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Contribute to the GoFundMe.com Campaign titled, https://www.gofundme.com/FreeCharlesLewis-JLWOP
We ask for your financial support as the family on behalf of an innocent man seeking freedom after serving 42-years of a life sentence he received at the age of seventeen in 1976.
Your contributions and sharing of this message will help to build awareness toward the injustices experienced in the case of this Juvenile-Lifer, sentenced to a life of incarceration without the possibility of parole. Charles Lewis, who was just seventeen years old in 1976; was a young-man striving to be musician. In 1976, Charles Lewis, had begun achieving small success with his musical abilities having been self-taught, he landed a gig with a local Detroit band called Pure Pleasure. Incidentally, in 1976, this band named Pure Pleasure did serve as the rehearsal band for the well-known group called Chapter 8. Additionally, “Chapter 8” is the group which first launched the career of Songstress, Anita Baker who sang on the title track titled, “I Just Wanna Be Your Girl.”
On the night of July 31, 1976, Charles Lewis was performing with the band, Pure Pleasure at a Local UAW organization event. Incidentally, this is the same night that Charles Lewis was charged with the crime of murdering an off-duty Detroit Police Officer, named Gerald Sypitkowski. Unfortunately, Charles Lewis was unable to meet Judge Maher's acceptance of his alibi witnesses resulting from the real name and nicked names of the band members who had played with him at that performance.
The 2012 U.S. Supreme Court Ruling regarding juvenile-lifers sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, deemed it ”cruel and unusual punishment” as well, lifetime sentences for juveniles is “unconstitutional.”
The Supreme Court Ruling regarding juvenile’s couples with Charles Lewis’s return to the court of original jurisdiction to address introduction of Lewis’s alibi witnesses. For Charles Lewis now 42 years later, means he now has this opportunity to present his alibi witnesses in defense of his innocence. However, for his success this is a fight were a good, experienced criminal defense law firm is needed to fight for his innocence. However, this kind of particular legal defense team is an expense too great and costly for Charles Lewis and his family.

Why is this important?
Charles Lewis is now 59 and in ailing health, needing critical health care for his medical conditions. From the age of seventeen to his present age of 59, Charles Lewis has spent the last forty-two years confined to a prison cell as an innocent man jailed for a crime he did not commit. It is important that Charles Lewis finally receive the
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Monday, April 09, 2018 by Charles Lewis


My name is Charles Lewis. I'm 58 years old and I've been locked up since August 2, 1976. Why should you care about my plight? You should care about my plight because this could very easily be the plight of you or a loved one.



Five decades ago, on a warm Saturday night on July 31, 1976 an off-duty Detroit Police Officer (DPO) named Dennis Van Fleteren stood outside, in front of a bar known as Otty”s Saloon located on Harper Street. Van Fleteren was talking to his civilian dressed off-duty partner, Gerald Sypitkowski. According to witness DPO Dennis Van Fleteren’s testimony, he was talking to his off-duty partner, Gerald Sypitkowski; when he saw a man later identified as a Mr. Leslie Nathaniel pulled up next to him in a white Mark IV and shot and killed off-duty, plain clothed Detroit Police Officer, Gerald Sypitkowski.

Leslie Nathaniel pulled away from the vicious murder at a high rate of speed. Van Fleteren ran into the street and attempted to get Leslie Nathaniel to pull over. Nathaniel nearly ran him over. As Van Fleteren dove out of the way of the speeding white Mark IV, he got the license plate number and relayed that information to the officers that responded to the crime.

Four college students double parked in a brown Ford outside of Otty”s Saloon were also eye witnesses to Officer Gerald Sypitkowski’s murder. Jay Smith testified that he looked in his rear view mirror and saw Leslie Nathaniel pull up to the street light and Stop. He also saw Leslie Nathaniel shoot and kill Gerald Sypitkowski. Jay Smith's three passengers, Kim Divine, Gloria Ratachek, and Donald DeMarc all testified that they turned seconds after hearing a shotgun blast and saw the deceased lying in the street. They all saw the white Mark IV speeding away from the murder.
William Eichmann testified that he was a Bouncer at Otty”s Saloon. He also testified that he was standing outside in front of Otty”s Saloon when he heard a shotgun blast and looked in the direction of the blast and saw Gerald Sypitkowski lying in the street. He also simultaneously saw Leslie Nathaniel pull away from the murder at a high rate of speed with his lights off.

Leslie Nathaniel was arrested a few hours after the murder of Officer Sypitkowski and his car a white Mark IV was impounded. A few hours after his arrest Leslie Nathaniel was released and his car was destroyed in the Seventh Precinct impound lot. Leslie Nathaniel's release was ordered by Police Commissioner, JOHN NICHOLS. There was no paraffin test done, and no ballistics test performed no arraignment, no preliminary examination or anything else done. He was released because the police commissioner ordered his release.

Charles Lewis was a seventeen year old guitar player for the band Pure Pleasure. On the night of the murder of off duty police officer, Gerald Sypitkowski, Charles Lewis was on stage at the local 212 with Pure Pleasure. He was mysteriously arrested and charged with the murder of Officer Gerald Sypitkowski.

The murder of Officer Gerald Sypitkowski was a mob hit that was ordered by the same mob bosses that ordered the murder of Jimmy Hoffa. Leslie Nathaniel was a mob hit man.

It is impossible to fight an unjust murder conviction with no money. Top of the line lawyers want at least twenty five thousand dollars just to start. Without a paid attorney you don't stand a chance.

Charles Lewis deserves a fighting chance. Millions of dollars are donated every year to save animals. How about donations to save a life?

The money that you donate will be used to hire a crime scene reconstruction, a private investigator and a criminal defense attorney that will actually fight this injustice.

On July 30, 1976, off duty, Detroit Police Officer Dennis Van Fleteren, picked up his off duty partner Gerald Sypitkowski and off duty officer Arthur Juliani and the trio went to the Hollywood bad and had a few drinks. Sometime after midnight the trio decided to go to Otty”s Saloon where they had a few more drinks. Sometime after one thirty in the morning, Gerald (Jerry) Sypitkowski decided to leave the bar and walk to his car. His car was parked a mile down the road. Dennis testified that as he was talking to Jerry; Leslie Nathanial pulled up next to him in a white Mark IV and shot him with a shotgun. He saw his partner get shot and fall into the street. Leslie Nathanial was later arrested and released a few hours after his arrest. The murder was also witnesses by five college students and a bartender.
Rosie Lewis: Notes on the 43-Year Strugg
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Rosie Lewis interview of Charles Lewis
Rosie Lewis interview of Charles Lewis
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Rosie Lewis: Notes on the 43-Year Struggle to Get Justice for Charles Lewis

Featured Speaker: Rosie Lewis, Mother of Charles Lewis who has been in prison since the age of 17 and held for 42 years for a crime for which he is "... completely factually and legally innocent".
Rosie Lewis: Notes on the 43-Year Strugg
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