Man convicted for killing security guard outside York County restaurant
A Newport News man was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Friday in the shooting death of a security guard at a York County restaurant party in 2016. Coleston Ryan Lewis, 28, was convicted after a jury trial in York-Poquoson Circuit Court in the killing of 42-year-old Richard Irvin on Nov.
24, 2016, online court records say. The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office said the jury recommended that Lewis serve 13 years in the slaying.Family photo / HANDOUTRichard Irvin, 42, was a security guard who was killed outside the County Grill & Smokehouse, 1215 George Washington Memorial Highway in York County, on Nov.
24, 2016.- Original Credit: Daily PressRichard Irvin, 42, was a security guard who was killed outside the County Grill & Smokehouse, 1215 George Washington Memorial Highway in York County, on Nov.
24, 2016.- Original Credit: Daily Press (Family photo / HANDOUT)
Irvin, known as "Bird" to most who knew him, was shot and killed while working security for a pre-Thankgiving tent party in the parking lot of the County Grill & Smokehouse, 1215 George Washington Memorial Highway in York. Irvin was escorting Lewis from the restaurant about 2 a.m., when Lewis turned around and shot him, the sheriff's office said. Irvin also worked as a tow-truck driver in the area in addition to working the security job, and was a 1992 graduate of Menchville High School.
At a preliminary hearing in General District Court in May 2017, another security guard, Jerry Haywood, testified that security guards began telling people to leave about 2 a.m.
But the process grew "very disorderly," he said, and a fight started that the security team had to break up. Haywood testified that he didn't think Lewis was involved in the fight, but said he saw Irvin pushing Lewis away. After that, Haywood said, Lewis pulled a gun from his waistband and fired it at the ground.
Irvin, who deputies said did not have a gun, pulled out a collapsible baton and tried to disarm Lewis. That's when Haywood said he ran to his truck and got his gun, then saw Irvin chasing Lewis near the roadway. Haywood testified that he saw Lewis shoot at Irvin several times.
Haywood said he then tried to shoot Lewis as he ran across Route 17. Lewis was not hit, but a bullet shattered the window at Rip's Food Store.
Later that day, the York Sheriff's Office charged Lewis with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. After six days on the run, he turned himself in in Newport News.
Online court records indicate that the second-degree murder charge was reduced to voluntary manslaughter on the first day of trial last week.
Update: Wednesday 5 a.m. Authorities arrested a man charged with murder in the death of a York County security guard, who was shot early Thanksgiving morning. The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office and Newport News Police Department arrested Coleston Ryan Lewis, 26, about 3 a.m.
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After a five-day trial, a York jury convicted Lewis of manslaughter and three gun charges, recommending he serve 13 years in prison. That includes 10 years for manslaughter, and one year each for carrying a concealed weapon, brandishing a weapon and shooting in a public place. Lewis is still in jail, with a sentencing date by the judge set for Sept.
Three witnesses to a fatal shooting testified Tuesday that a fight broke out and a shot was fired at the ground before a security guard was shot to death after a night-before-Thanksgiving party at a York County restaurant.
Following the testimony of the three witnesses at a preliminary hearing...