Former Moscow man pleads guilty to attempted murder for 2009 College Hill shooting

The former Moscow man who was set to be retried on 3 counts of attempted murder for a nearly decade old Pullman shooting has changed his pleas.  28 year old Lewis Lawrence pleaded guilty Friday to 2 counts of attempted murder for firing a shotgun into a College Hill apartment in 2009.  Lawrence also pleaded guilty to 2nd degree assault for attacking a fellow inmate in the Whitman County Jail in November.  A second case against Lawrence accusing him of threatening the jailers in Colfax was dropped in return for the plea.  The deal also required prosecutors to drop a third count of attempted murder from the shooting.

Lawrence was initially convicted by a jury on all 3 attempted murder counts in 2010 and he was sentenced to 75 years in prison.  That conviction was overturned last year by the Washington Court of Appeals which found Lawrence not competent to stand trial, specifically, when he decided to represent himself.  He now faces up to 33 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.  Lawrence’s guilty pleas on Friday came 8 years to the day that he fired a shotgun into the apartment injuring one man and missing 2 others.