MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A Milwaukee County jury quickly convicted 19-year-old Sylvester Lewis on Wednesday, November 5th of three criminal charges. Lewis is the man who was charged in connection with the playground shooting that killed Sierra Guyton.
Guyton was shot in the head while playing on a playground near 28th and Clarke in Milwaukee — feet from her home on Wednesday evening, May 21st. She passed away on July 13th.
Her family is calling the guilty verdict bittersweet. While they're satisfied with the conviction, it won't put an end to their pain.
"It's never going to replace her life," Guyton's cousin, Lowanda Hayes said.
The jury deliberated for less than an hour before finding Lewis guilty of the following criminal charges: one count of first-degree reckless homicide, one count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. All three charges are felonies.
"It affected the family a whole lot. He hurt a lot of people. We can't talk to (Sierra). We can't hold her. I think that he deserves to get life in jail. You took a life, so you deserve to get life in jail. I'm glad justice was served. He just don't show no remorse. He just don't look like he's sorry he did what he did. We're happy with the verdict, but it's never going to replace the hurt that we feel. He affected a lot of people by doing what he was doing. Making the choices that he made of stupidity to shoot in that park affected a whole lot of other lives," Hayes said.
Lewis now faces more than 80 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines. He will be sentenced on Wednesday, November 26th.
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