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Van Buren County Homicide suspect sentenced to long prison term

Antonio Lewis found guilty of 2nd degree murder.
Antonio Lewis found guilty of 2nd degree murder.

COVERT TOWNSHIP (WKZO) -- Antonio Lewis has been sentenced to 39 to 80 years in prison for killing his younger half brother and dumping his body in a blueberry patch in Covert Township.

Lewis was found guilty of 2nd degree murder by a Van Buren County Circuit Court jury last month for the death of Ivory Shaver III.

Prosecuting Attorney Keith Robinson was able to show that Lewis used the victim’s cell phone to convince other family members that Shaver was living in Florida, by periodically sending texts from his phone as if he were still alive.

The ruse fell apart when the badly decomposed body of the victim turned up in an irrigation ditch.  Prosecutor Robinson said that made Lewis a liar and a murderer.

Lewis claims he was framed by Shaver’s girlfriend and plans to appeal.