ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Two men have pleaded guilty to assault after a shooting they were involved in left a 3-year-old in Rochester badly hurt.
Late last September in the area of North Clinton Avenue and Clifford Avenue, 35-year-old Travis Lewis and 17-year-old Justin Rhynes were involved in a shootout.
Marlo Joseph, sitting in a car seat in a parked vehicle nearby, was caught in the crossfire. He was taken to the hospital, where the community gathered a short time later for a tribute ride to celebrate his recovery and show support.
Rhynes, who was 16 at the time of the shooting, pleaded guilty to assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Prosecutors say he will be sentenced to five years in prison plus five years of post-release supervision.
Lewis pleaded guilty to those charges as well as manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Isaiah Fleming. Fleming, 24, was found dead by police last September at a Joseph Avenue convenience store.
Lewis also pleaded guilty to a gun offense from 2021. In total prosecutors say he is expected to spend 27 years in prison plus five years post-release supervision.
“Travis Lewis had no concerns about risking the lives of many by shooting illegally possessed firearms,” Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said in a statement issued Wednesday. “As a predicate felon, Travis Lewis knew what the consequences of his actions would be when he took the shot and killed Isaiah Fleming, and almost killed a toddler.”
Lewis and Rhynes are scheduled to be sentenced for the shooting on October 27. Lewis is scheduled to be sentenced for the homicide on October 30.