By Danielle Nadler & Norman K. Styer
The Middleburg man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2016 domestic-related shooting death of Christina Fisher will spend nearly 44 years behind bars.
Darrick Lee Lewis, 30, and Fisher had two children together. The shooting happened April 2, 2016, in Fisher’s townhouse in Leesburg’s Brandon neighborhood.
According evidence in the case, Lewis had planned a birthday party for himself and his son at his father’s house in Middleburg. Lewis had expected Fisher, who he described as his on-again off-again girlfriend, to come to the birthday celebration, and when she told him on the phone that she wouldn’t, Lewis went to her house in Leesburg.
When he arrived at Fisher’s home, he went upstairs—carrying a Romanian-made, civilian version of the AKM, a modern version of the AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle, which Lewis told police he was bringing in from the car to put away. He said he found Fisher in her son’s bedroom, she grabbed the rifle, the two struggled, and the gun went off. After the shooting, he returned to his father’s house in Middleburg. He called the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to turn himself in shortly thereafter.
Fisher, a 34-year-old mother of three, was shot in the chest and airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital where she died.
On Tuesday morning, Lewis was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne in accordance with a plea agreement hammered out by the attorneys last fall.
For the murder charge, he was sentenced to life in prison with all but 37 years suspended, plus 15 years of probation upon his release.
“If you violate that probation, you get life in prison,” Horne said.
Lewis will spend six more years and nine months in prison for violating the protective order Fisher had taken against him, a firearms violation, and a probation violation from a previous drug conviction.
Before the sentencing, Fisher’s daughter, Natajah Fisher, read a statement directed at her mother’s killer. She described her mother as strong and beautiful. She said Lewis told Fisher he’d never kill her when he learned she had filed a protective order against him.
“I don’t understand why you would do this. … Looking back, I saw signs,” Natajah said. He was angry and destroyed Fisher’s property, and after any altercations, he would apologize profusely to convince her mother to keep him in her life.
“You took away the only thing I needed. But it wasn’t just me. Your two children needed her even more,” Natajah said. Lewis’ two young sons are in therapy, but are confused and angry, she added.
Natasia, a high school senior, said she went through a season of depression, but is stronger now than she could have ever imagined. She told Lewis she would make sure his two sons are raised right. “I’ll do anything I can to get them on the right path, because that’s what she would have done,” she said. “I will live and stay strong for my mother’s legacy.”
Lewis declined Horne’s invitation to say anything before his sentencing.
Horne called Lewis’ decision to kill Fisher a horrible deed that will forever mark the lives of her loved ones.
“Domestic violence is too often an occasion in our society,” he said. “When you’re told by the courts to stay away from a person, that says you are a danger to them. You should stay away.”