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A man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in November instead of facing a second trial for murder was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Twenty-six year old Tyler Lewis was also sentenced to five years' post-release supervision during a Jefferson County Court appearance on Thursday.
Lewis pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in November. That forestalled his second murder trial in the shooting and killing of 43 year old Ronald Gowing during a botched robbery at a Watertown apartment in December of 2009.
Lewis was convicted of murder in 2010 and originally sentenced to 23 years to life, but an appellate court reversed the conviction, saying statements he made to police should have been suppressed in his first trial.
He was given credit for the time he's already spent in prison. In November, defense attorney John Hallett said that means Lewis would serve another three years and eight months.