April 5, 2006
Colquitt County-- A Colquitt County judge sentenced Bobby Lewis to more than 40 years in jail for the shooting death of his girlfriend.
49-year-old Robert Lewis claimed self-defense in the 2004 death of 46-year-old Martha Fritts. He claimed that Fritts came after him with a knife. She was shot in the head with a sawed-off shotgun after what Lewis told investigators was a struggle between the two.
Last month, a jury acquitted Lewis of murder but convicted him of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and weapons charges.
Superior Court Chief Judge H. Arthur McLane gave Lewis the maximum sentence of 20 years for voluntary manslaughter and several years for charges including aggravated assault and possession of a firearm.
Lewis is currently in the Colquitt County Jail.