Sons of Anarchy Murder Case: A Timeline of Johnny Lewis' Criminal Past

Actor fell to his death from a the roof of a Los Angeles home after allegedly killing his 81-year-old landlady

By Claudia Rosenbaum, Marcus Mulick, Alexis L. Loinaz Sep 28, 2012 1:00 PMTags
Johnny Lewis MugshotSanta Monica Police Department

Fans and fellow castmembers remain in shock over the gruesome death of Sons of Anarchy star Johnny Lewis, who fell to his death from the roof of a Los Angeles home and is accused of killing its 81-year-old owner, from whom he rented a room.

But criminal records obtained by E! News reveal that the 28-year-old had a sprawling history of recent run-ins with the law, as well as a stint at a mental-health treatment facility.

Feb. 10, 2012: Lewis is arrested in Los Angeles for battery allegedly involving a woman named Shirley Wendell. He is held in custody, with bail set at $20,000.

Feb. 12: He is officially charged with two misdemeanors stemming from that arrest: assault and battery, and resisting arrest. He enters a plea of no contest and is placed on summary probation for three years, and ordered to serve 12 days in a county jail and pay various fines and restitution fees. He is also ordered to stay away from Wendell.

Feb. 18: Lewis is again arrested, this time for entering a residence in Los Angeles through a window with intent to commit a felony. His bail was set at $50,000.

Feb. 24: He is charged with two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon stemming from a third incident that happened in Los Angeles on Jan. 3, 2012, but does not appear for his two court dates. At the second court date, his public defender tells the judge he has had no contact with his client. His bail is set at $100,000, and a bench warrant is issued for his arrest. The actor eventually shows up for his third court date, and the bench warrant is vacated.

March 19: Lewis faces a new round of charges, this time from his Feb. 18 bust for entering an L.A. structure. He is slapped with charges of felony burglary and loitering, a misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He does not show for his arraignment, and a bench warrant is issued for his arrest, with bail set at $250,000. He fails to appear for multiple hearings, and when he finally does, his bail is lowered to $150,000.

March 27: Lewis is taken into custody over his Jan. 3 incident, and he pleads not guilty to both counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon. He remains in custody pending his trial.

April 12: He is sent to jail over his Feb. 18 arrest.

May 18: Following a court order that he be conditionally released to a secure treatment center, Lewis is transported from jail to Ridgeview Ranch in Altadena, Calif., which specializes in mental-health, drug and alcohol-related issues.

Aug. 8: The actor appears in court representing himself, where he withdraws his plea of not guilty and pleads no contest to one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon. He is sentenced to three years' formal probation and ordered to serve 365 days in the county jail and pay restitution and fines. 

Aug. 17: Less than 10 days after being slapped with a yearlong jail sentence, Lewis pleads no contest to felony attempted burglary and is ordered to serve another 291 days in jail and pay various fines and restitution costs.

Sept. 21: Lewis is released from jail.

Sept. 26: Police believe Lewis strangled and beat to death his elderly landlady, Catherine Davis, and fought with two neighbors before plummeting to his own death from the rooftop of her home.

 (Originally published Sept. 27, 2012, at 2:42 p.m. PT)