Man who fires into crowded party near UAF pleads guilty, will serve 30 years

Published: Jan. 28, 2019 at 9:04 PM AKST
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Lewis Tyshawn Harvin, age 20, pled guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Harvin was involved in an incident near UAF in 2016 where he fired into a crowd of people, striking 19-year-old Janet Barragan in the neck. She was transported to Anchorage in critical condition and later died from the injuries.

Harvin was originally charged with first and second degree murder. In April of 2018, he pled guilty to second degree murder but later withdrew the plea. He was scheduled to begin trial a few weeks ago, but again reached a plea deal with the prosecution. As part of the deal, he admitted to trying to shoot a different party goer. This made it so Harvin could not be sentenced to less than 15 years or more than 30. The judge sentenced Harvin to 40 years with 10 suspended and 10 years of probation.

Harvin spoke to the victim's family at the sentencing.

"I want to apologize to you all. What happened was a mistake. I hope you all can understand that and accept my apology." Harvin said.