Court records paint clearer picture of 18-year-old playground shooting suspect

CREATED May 27, 2014 - UPDATED: May 28, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - Despite multiple arrests, Sylvester Lewis was still on the streets - a felon in possession of a gun.

Police tells us Lewis has been arrested 15 times since he was 12-years old. But TODAY'S TMJ4 has looked at court records that show what was going on in Lewis' life the only time he was in adult court and why he was given another chance.
 
Court records indicate Lewis was abandoned by his mother and raised by his father who has cancer, "...he's got some anger, whatever it is, about being abandoned," Lewis' lawyer told the court.
 
The court was also told Lewis was bipolar and on medication for attention deficit problems but had stopped taking them. In January, 2013 prosecutors wanted Lewis to spend 18-months in jail, plus extended supervision for stealing from a neighbors house. 
 
The defense asked for six months plus probation. Judge Jean DiMotto sentenced him to 12 months in jail. 
 
But the judge stayed the sentenced, meaning Lewis would not have to serve jail time unless he violated his probation. She placed Lewis on probation for three years, even though she knew he had juvenile record. "I think that you deserve a chance to be on supervision," said Judge DiMotto in court.
 
Conditions of probation included - finish high school, get a job and take prescribed medication.
 
Lewis apologized in court and told the judge. "I know my dad needs me because he's got cancer. I want to get out there to be with him again," said Lewis.
 
The judge's last words to Lewis were direct.
 
Judge DiMotto: "I don't ever want to see you again, not that I don't like you, but I don't want to see you in a criminal court of law. Do you understand? 

Lewis: Yes ma'am." 
 
TODAY'S TMJ4 shared the transcript of the court sentencing with Judge DiMotto and asked for an interview but she declined our request saying she had nothing to add.