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Posted on Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 10:03 a.m.

Man will face trial on two home invasion cases in January

By Kyle Feldscher

A man formerly on Washtenaw County’s ‘Most Wanted’ list is scheduled to go to trial on two separate cases next month and his defense team will not receive money to hire an expert on eyewitnesses.


Troy Lewis

Courtesy of the Michigan Department of Corrections

Troy Lewis, 21, will go to trial on Jan. 17 and Jan. 23 in Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge David Swartz’s courtroom, according to a court ruling Thursday. Lewis is facing charges for incidents relating to home invasions earlier this year.

In the Jan. 17 trial, Lewis is charged with two counts each of armed robbery and first-degree home invasion and one charge each of carrying a weapon with unlawful intent, possession of a firearm by a felon, discharging a weapon in a building, assault with a dangerous weapon and a felony firearms charge.

The charges stem from a March 9 incident where Lewis and an accomplice allegedly knocked on the door of a residence at about 12:50 a.m. in the 100 block of Riley Court.

The two men asked for a man who didn’t live there and then asked for a man who the victim knew, before allegedly kicking down the door and pointing handguns at the victim, police said. The victim was also allegedly struck in the head with the butt of the gun, police said.

According to police, the gun fired one shot but did not hit anyone. Lewis and his accomplice allegedly took an unknown amount of money and left the area, police said.

In the Jan. 23 trial, stemming from a Jan. 14, 2011, incident, Lewis is charged with three counts of first-degree home invasion, a charge each of assault with intent to rob, assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony firearms charge and a felon being in possession of a firearm.

Lewis will have a pretrial hearing on Jan. 12 for a case where he allegedly assaulted and resisted a police officer on June 14 in the Sycamore Meadows apartment complex.

The other two cases will have final pretrial hearings on Jan. 12 as well.

Washtenaw County Assistant Public Defender Christopher Renna asked Swartz for permission to get funds to pay for an expert on eyewitness identifications at crime scenes. Renna said there was some doubt in his mind that the identifications given by witnesses to police in one of the alleged home invasions were valid.

Swartz denied that motion because, “this is not a case where the testimony of an expert would be necessary,” he said.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 3:56 a.m.

don't be so mean people. this is a good guy who made a terrible mistake. he deserves a twenty-third chance.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 10:19 p.m.

Take the time needed, but keep him where he is until the hearings. Thank You!


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 5:57 p.m.

According to the Department os Corrections he is already in the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility for home invasions on Jan. 17 & 18, 2010, with the earliest release date of 2015, maximum 2025. This must be for other offenses? Since this information is publicly obtained I wonder why it was not included in the article.


Fri, Dec 16, 2011 : 2:37 a.m.

According to OTIS, he was on probation for the two home invasion cases. Once he got busted for the above crimes, his probation was revoked and he was resentenced. I believe that crimes committed on probation are automatically served consecutively rather than concurrently, which means that he will have to serve the minimum on the 2010 cases before time starts counting towards the new cases if he is convicted.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 5:19 p.m.

So if he goes to prison in January he should be out by July, gotta love our justice system. Too bad he didn't break into a judge's house so maybe he would go away for a long time.


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 9:48 p.m.

Not with the truth in sentencing law. He won't be out until at least 2015

The Black Stallion3

Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 5:07 p.m.

Such a nice looking young man...........I am sure if he just tells the judge he is sorry that he will be able to walk out of court a free boy.


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 9:50 p.m.

Calling him a boy is racist. He is a man regardless of what he did.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 10:50 p.m.

@Black Stallion3, so you are saying all male criminals are boys? If not, what distinguishes this one from those you would not characterize as a "boy?"

The Black Stallion3

Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 10:32 p.m. consider him an adult? He is a boy of 21 that has never grown up......he doesn't deserve the distinction of being called a Man........he is childish in nature.......he is from the other side.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 9:55 p.m.

@The Black Stallion3, no I don't agree. If he is guilty of these crimes for which he will be tried (and, apparently, has been found guilty of others for which he is now serving time), he would be playing the role of a convict, not a boy, due to illegal behavior. I don't follow why you are using that characterization. And, again, what "side" were you referring to in your previous comment?

The Black Stallion3

Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 9:04 p.m.

So Sorry......He is playing the role of a boy...........not a man....wouldn't you agree?

Billy Bob Schwartz

Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 8:46 p.m.

we now call them men.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 6:45 p.m.

Other side? What sides are you talking about?

The Black Stallion3

Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 6:17 p.m.

Thank you so very much........I love hearing from the "other" side.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 5:54 p.m.

Sarcasm? The photograph seems pretty neutral to me. And if he walked "...out of court..." he would be a free man, not a free boy. He is 21.


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 4:34 p.m.

After reading the article I thought that he was an early adopter of the "Occupy Movement". He just was not very good in math so he didn't know who the 1% group was that he was protesting!


Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 3:51 p.m.

Considering the current and past charges against this "saint", if (when) he is found guilty, we should forget about rehabilitation. Sometimes it is best to just throw away the key and keep these animals away from society regardless of what their friends and relatives think.

Berda Green

Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 3:35 p.m.

keep him right there