Rockland Man Guilty of Attempted Murder

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 11_23_47 AMVictim beaten with guitar, stabbed with broken light bulb, strangled with cord

NEW CITY – Rockland County resident William Lewis, who hit a neighbor a guitar, stabbed him with a broken light bulb and tried to strangle him with a cord during a robbery attempt, has been found guilty of attempted murder.

The attack left the victim in a coma for two weeks and with permanent vision loss.

A Rockland County jury on Tuesday found Lewis guilty of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault after a trial in Rockland County Court, where Lewis was prosecuted by Executive Assistant District Attorney Stephen Moore and Assistant District Attorney Robert Trudell.

Lewis, 30, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in state prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 12 for the December 2012 attack on a neighbor at the New Main Street Hotel in the Village of Haverstraw. The victim was living across the hall from Lewis.