COVINGTON— Local rapper Dondrique Lewis, 28, of Slidell, was sentenced Wednesday (Jan. 6) to spend 15 years in prison for the attempted second-degree murder of his half brother and a longtime friend in a shooting incident three years ago in Slidell.
District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Lewis to 15 years without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence on the first count of attempted second degree murder and 10 years on the second count. The sentences are to be served at the same time.
A St. Tammany Parish jury in November found Lewis guilty of shooting his brother, Damian L. Lewis, 30, and a longtime friend, Andre A. Jackson, 38, on March 21, 2012. The Lewis brothers were visiting their sister in Slidell when the first shot was fired. Damian Lewis, who was standing outside, began running after hearing the shot. About a block away, he realized his brother was running beside him and stopped running. But Dondrique suddenly pulled a gun from behind his back and shot Damian in the back of the head as Damian tried to run away.
Dondrique then walked about two more blocks, knocked on a door and shot Jackson. The motive of the shootings remains unclear. Dondrique was arrested the same day.
Assistant District Attorney Jason Cuccia prosecuted the case with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Harold Bartholomew.