Accused shooter of 10 year-old has outburst in first court appearance
MILWAUKEE -- Two men with violent pasts. One has been charged, a second has been arrested in the shooting of a 10-year old on a school playground.
18-year old Sylvester Lewis was wheeled into court Thursday wearing shackles. He was combative towards deputies and swore at the judge.
Lewis has been arrested 15 times since the age of 12. Some of his charges include robbery, burglary, and battery.
The second suspect in the Clarke Street playground shooting is no stranger to crime. Police have asked TODAY'S TMJ4 not to name him yet until line ups are completed.
Court records indicate he spent 10 years in prison for killing a teen in 2003 during a dispute over a borrowed gun. The 28- year old was released just last year.
"What are they doing out here in the community," asked Duril White, with the Metcalfe Park Community Action Team.
He is concerned about career criminals on the streets. White joined Sierra Guyton's relatives in a walk through the neighborhood where the 10-year old was critically injured in a gun battle.
"I think it's an injustice to the family that lost their child before and it's also an injustice to the community," said White.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm says there's no simple solution to the tens of thousands of cases he oversees each year
"We have to make an appropriate determination of what's the best thing to do with this person," said Chisholm.
Some criticize Chisholm for being soft on crime others point out Wisconsin has among the highest incarceration rate in the country for black males.
"Ultimately our obligation is to hold the person accountable and you do so with the best evidence you have," said Chisholm.
As for Lewis, we are also learning how he violated his get out of jail card after being busted for burglary.
State records show he had nine violations while on probation that included fighting, verbal threats and drinking.
Lewis ended up back in jail for the violations until October of last year. Since then police say he was involved in a couple of other shootings before being charged in the playground shooting.