A Suffolk judge sentenced a former Wyandanch man Wednesday to the maximum of 25 years to life in prison for shooting an acquaintance in the face outside a West Babylon strip club six years ago.
Suffolk County Court Judge John Toomey Jr. told Marcus Lewis, 34, that his shooting of Michael “Mizzy” Anderson, 30, of West Babylon was “the most senseless act. . . . Just a clear assassination.” He then imposed the sentence for second-degree murder.
Lewis wasn’t arrested until last year, when Suffolk homicide detectives tracked down former girlfriend D’Metriotis Van De Mark, the only witness to the shooting. She testified that Lewis called Anderson over to his car outside the Stone Hedge, which has since closed, and shot him when he leaned into the car.
She was so nervous during her testimony that she bolted twice from the witness stand to retch. Toomey signed an order of protection for her that will expire in 100 years.
Assistant District Attorney Glenn Kurtzrock said the dispute between Lewis and Anderson began a few weeks before the September 2010 killing, when Anderson objected to Lewis parading prostitutes around in his neighborhood.
“You can’t be bringing girls around here,” Anderson told Lewis, according to Kurtzrock. “There’s kids around.” Lewis showed Anderson a handgun and Anderson laughed at him, Kurtzrock said.
Van De Mark testified that Lewis told her afterward that people “have to respect” him.
Anderson’s younger sister, Sadè Anderson, told Toomey her brother’s death was “the worst experience of my life.”
She said she has struggled to forgive Lewis, as her Christian faith requires. “So today I forgive, but I will not forget,” she said.
Anderson also read a letter from their mother, Shirley Anderson.
“My son was a kind, loving, caring person who was loved by all,” she wrote. “He has two children who struggle without his love.”
Defense attorney Noel Munier of Mineola said his client is not beyond rehabilitation and asked Toomey for leniency.
Lewis said, “I’d say to this family, love your neighbor as you love yourself. I wish everyone peace.”
Toomey said he found no reason to be lenient.
“Your attorney said you understand the tragedy,” Toomey told Lewis. “You should understand the tragedy — you caused it.”