State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Tavares Antwan Lewis, age 41, of Pensacola, was sentenced today by Circuit Judge W. Joel Boles to 40 years in state prison with a minimum mandatory sentence of 30 years. This means that Lewis will serve the first 30 years of his sentence day for day and at least 85% of the remaining 10 years. Lewis qualified as a Prison Releasee Reoffender and Habitual Felony Offender.
Tavares Antwan Lewis was convicted on March 21, 2018 by an Escambia County Jury of Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Weapon.
In the early morning hours of September 20, 2016 Lewis threw gasoline on the victim and set her on fire. The victim was in the hospital for seven months with severe burn injuries. However, she was able to tell law enforcement that Lewis was her attacker. Further investigation linked the defendant’s cell phone to the time and area of the crime. Also, during the time that the defendant was incarcerated, he made incriminating telephone calls to the victim.
The arrest and investigation were conducted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney, Amy Shea. For further information, please contact her at 850-595-4725.