Sylvester Lewis charged with homicide following Sierra Guyton's death

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by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- 18-year-old Sylvester Lewis is now facing First Degree Reckless Homicide charges after the death of 10-year-old Sierra Guyton. Guyton was shot when Lewis fired his handgun at a playground near Clarke Street Elementary School.
 
According to the criminal complaint, Lewis was confronted by a man and his friends just outside Clarke St. Elementary School at N. 28th and Clarke St. That man accused Lewis of stealing his "baby's momma's kid's" clothes. Lewis told police one of man's friends, 28-year-old Jayme Jackson, began backing away from the group, and was "upping" a gun.
 
Lewis told police he got off his bike, and walked to the street. He alleges Jackson was pointing a gun at him and threatened to kill him. Lewis says after Jackson opened fire on him, he fired his gun until it was empty. Lewis admitted to investigators he fired his gun in the direction of Jackson and the playground. One of Lewis' bullets hit 10-year-old Sierra Guyton who was on the school's playground.
 
The criminal complaint says Lewis sold his handgun for $250, and spent the night at a house near 46th and Lisbon.
 
A teenage witness says she saw Jackson fleeing the scene of the shooting, and putting the gun back in his pants. We have confirmed Jackson was out on probation when 10-year-old Sierra Guyton was shot.

Milwaukee police have confirmed both Jackson and Lewis have extensive criminal records. Jackson was out on probation at the time of the shooting.

If convicted, Lewis could face more than 60 years in prison.

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