Guardsman Convicted of Girlfriend’s Murder
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown recently announced that a 33 year old National Guardsman and Far Rockaway resident, David Lynch, has been convicted of second-degree murder for killing his girlfriend, Althea Lewis in November, 2010. Lynch punched and drowned Lewis on the beach in Far Rockaway.
Lynch was charged with second-degree murder and faces up to 25 years to life in prison.
Brown stated that “as a National Guardsman and an Iraq war veteran, the defendant was trained to defend the weak and protect the innocent. In this case, he went against everything he was taught and brutally beat and drowned the woman he purportedly loved during an argument.
“His actions have irreparably shattered a family by robbing them of a loved one…”
According to testimony, Lynch and Lewis, a resident of Springfield Gardens, were on the beach near Beach 32nd Street. An argument erupted and Lynch violently attacked Lewis.
Her body was later discovered by police. The Medical Examiner determined Lewis died as a result of blunt force injury and drowning.
Senior Assistant District Attorney Denise Tirino, prosecuted the case.