This was supposed to be the week that Darrick Lee Lewis faced trial in the April 2, 2016, shooting death of his former girlfriend in Leesburg. Instead, Lewis has pleaded guilty to three of six felony counts and will be sentenced in January.
He faces up to 43 years in prison according to a plea agreement reached late last month. Lewis pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree murder, violation of a probation order and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Charges of burglary, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon will be dropped as part of the deal.
Lewis, 32, initially told investigators the shooting had been an accident.
Lewis said he had been planning 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 came 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.
Fisher, 34, was the mother of three children.