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Man shot by Niagara Falls cop last fall arrested again

NIAGARA FALLS – Stacey M. Lewis, who was shot by a Niagara Falls police officer in a drug raid last fall and later pleaded guilty to two felonies, was arrested again Tuesday on felony crack cocaine possession charges.

Lewis, who was allowed to go free on bail to await sentencing, was picked up in a raid at 1883 Linwood Ave. in the Falls. He had been living there since he pleaded guilty and posted a $10,000 bail bond Dec. 6.

Tuesday, Niagara Falls City Judge Robert P. Merino accepted a prosecution recommendation to deny bail for Lewis, who is scheduled for sentencing on the older charges Thursday in Niagara County Court in Lockport.

Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said he will have to check the transcript of what Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Lewis during the entry of the guilty pleas, but it's possible Lewis now might face as long as 11 years in prison instead of four years.

Stacey M. Lewis

At the time of his plea, Lewis and defense attorney Robert Viola got Murphy to reduce bail from $100,000 to $10,000 so Lewis could seek better medical treatment for his gunshot wound. But police now say Lewis also got back into the drug trade.

"We've been buying from him all along," said Capt. Scott Lombardo of the Niagara County Drug Task Force.

The task force and Niagara Falls police executed a search warrant at the Linwood Avenue home about 6 a.m. Tuesday. They found Lewis with a woman, apparently his girlfriend, and a 9-year-old girl. They seized bags of crack totaling about two-thirds of an ounce, Lombardo said. The woman was not arrested.

Lewis, 33, was charged with third-, fourth- and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a digital scale; endangering the welfare of a child; and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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