17-year-old dies days after brutal attack on Nov. 1
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Videos the 8 News Now Investigators obtained Wednesday show the lead-up and beating of a Las Vegas teenager who later died from his injuries.
Last week, a Clark County grand jury indicted Dontral Beaver, 16; Damien Hernandez, 17; Treavion Randolph, 16; and Gianni Robinson, 17, in the November 2023 death of 17-year-old Jonathan Lewis near Rancho High School. The school is located near Owens and Eastern avenues just northeast of downtown Las Vegas.
The four teenagers, who each face second-degree murder charges, are the only defendants certified to face charges in the adult system. As of Wednesday, five others were awaiting adult certification. A tenth “person of interest” remained at large. All 10 are students at Rancho, police said.
“[Robinson] said that he had been harassed by Jonathan before for stealing a wax pen or a marijuana vape or something to that respect and he was confronted by Jonathan and an adult female in regard to it,” a police officer told the grand jury. “He said nothing became of it, he proved that he didn’t have it, he showed them a bunch of money saying that hey I don’t need to steal anything, I have money on my own, and he kind of thought that was the end of it.”
One video shown to the grand jury shows two groups of students meeting in an alley near Rancho High School on Nov. 1, 2023. A group of students then lunges and stomps on Lewis as he attempts to defend himself.
Lewis then lays on the ground for several minutes. A school official told the grand jury that a neighbor and a student then carried Lewis to the school for medical aid. Lewis died several days later in the hospital from his injuries.
The official also told the panel that school leaders helped identify the students in the beating videos from school surveillance and Instagram.
Before the fatal beating, Lewis “called” to the group of students, removed a sweatshirt and began hitting a student, an officer told the grand jury.
“And then everybody comes and he’s on the ground right now and everybody’s kicking, stomping, punching,” the officer said about the beating.
The officer also told the grand jury a friend of Lewis’ was armed with a knife and was “slicing and slashing everybody,” according to a witness, though no other person reported injuries. Another student told police they felt threatened and jumped in.
Lewis’ cause of death was listed as multiple blunt force injuries. His manner of death was homicide.
His father, Jonathan Lewis Sr., previously said he hoped his son’s death sparked a discussion about youth violence.
Five of the teenagers’ names were not released due to their ages. In Nevada, if a 16-year-old or 17-year-old is charged with murder, the case is automatically moved to the adult system. Judges can certify children over the age of 14 as adults for any felony offense, including murder, though the process is not automatic.
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