A man accused of stabbing his Lakewood neighbor is serving two years, two months behind bars.
Benjamin Lewis, 37, pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to two counts of second-degree assault. Judge John McCarthy sentenced him in Pierce County Superior Court while filling in temporarily.
Lewis told police the victim had been behaving strangely, and had asked Lewis for favors with increasing intimidation.
He said the victim imitated firing a gun with his hand by Lewis’ apartment window April 10 in the 5600 block of Boston Avenue.
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When he saw the victim reach for his waistband, Lewis told police, he thought the man might have a real gun, and stabbed and choked him in the parking lot.
Other neighbors called police, who found the victim with life-threatening wounds, and arrested Lewis nearby.
Records show Lewis served in Iraq as a former Army combat medic and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.