GUILTY: Jury convicts man who shot 10-year-old Sierra Guyton at playground
19-year-old Sylvester Lewis was found guilty in the fatal shooting of 10-year-old Sierra Guyton. The jury reached a quick verdict on the charges of First Degree Reckless Homicide, First Degree Reckless Endangerment, and Felony Firearm Possession after three days of testimony.
10-year-old Sierra Guyton was shot on May 21, 2014 when Sylvester Lewis and Jamey Jackson began firing gunshots at one another. Court documents say Lewis was confronted by Jackson's friend outside of Clarke St. Elementary School in Milwaukee. Jackson's friend accused Lewis of stealing his \"baby's momma's kid's\" clothes. Lewis told investigators as he was disputing with Jackson's friend, Jackson began backing away from the group, and started \"upping\" a gun. Lewis alleged Jackson threatened to kill him and began shooting at him. Lewis says he only began shooting in response to gunfire coming from Jackson. One of the shots fired by Lewis struck Sierra Guyton. The 10-year-old died almost two months later from her injuries.
During the second day of testimony Sierra's sister testified. During the child's gripping testimony, members of the Guyton family broke down in court. With emotions running high they had to take a break. Police and gun experts also took the stand, painting a shoot out between Lewis and another man. A witness, Jenkins, who drove through the neighborhood also took the stand. He says he was in his car when he saw the gun fight unfold right near the park.
Sentencing is scheduled for November 26, 2014 at 10 a.m.