Houston & Peach

Man behind Houston County contract killing faces life in prison

PERRY -- A former Cordele trucking company owner is expected to be sentenced Thursday in Houston County Superior Court for hiring a man to kill a federal witness in a pending case against him.

The killer got the wrong guy, fatally shooting the witness’s nephew.

Devasko Lewis, 36, faces either life in prison without the possibility of parole or life in prison with the possibility of parole in the slaying of Kerry Glenn on Jan. 14, 2014, behind his uncle’s home off Ga. 224 near Perry.

A jury convicted Lewis last week of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit murder for hiring Jamarcus Clark to kill federal witness Corey Daniels. Federal prosecutors contend Daniels was the front man behind the trucking company that Lewis had been ordered to shut down but allegedly continued to operate.

Clark is serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to Glenn’s slaying. He testified against Lewis at his trial.

Clark also pleaded guilty to attempted murder of Daniels’ mother for firing two shots into her home five days before the slaying. Jurors acquitted Lewis of conspiracy to commit murder in that incident.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. before Judge George F. Nunn.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.