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University Place man gets nearly 22 years for killing pregnant girlfriend


Joseph Andrew Lester

TACOMA — Joseph Andrew Lester, 25, was sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison Friday for stabbing to death his 21-year-old pregnant girlfriend on Halloween 2011.

On Feb. 14, a Pierce County Superior Court jury convicted Lester of second-degree murder, and that he knew his girlfriend, Keisha Lewis, was pregnant at the time.

On October 31, 2011, the defendant arrived at the victim’s residence with their 9-month-old daughter.  The defendant and the victim engaged in a conversation outside of the residence in the presence of their daughter. Witnesses heard the victim cry out, “He’s killing me!” The victim retreated inside the residence, bleeding from multiple stab wounds, where her mother, best friend, and 2-year-old son were located. The victim died at the residence.

After the stabbing, Lester took off with their 9-month-old child, which triggered an Amber Alert across Western Washington.

Lester and his child, along with his lawyer, went to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, where he surrendered. Lester was placed under arrest and the child was taken into protective custody.

During the trial, Lester said he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when the attack occurred and that he was defending himself from the victim. The autopsy performed on the victim showed that she had been stabbed multiple times and suffered fatal wounds to the head and throat. She was at least two months pregnant when she died, authorities said.


8 Comments to “University Place man gets nearly 22 years for killing pregnant girlfriend”

    Block Watcher said:
    February 14, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Yes, keep him off the streets for 25 years.

    Meghan said:
    February 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I hope he was charged for the death of her baby as well! A person is a person no matter how small!

    David said:
    March 15, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Does anyone think he is paying his debt to society for costing the taxpayers about a half a million dollars during his 3 hots and a cot stay? I prefer the Chinese method of punishment in this case.

      Johnny G said:
      March 15, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Well said…

      Andres said:
      March 16, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      It's either the half a million in tax payers money, or this fool stays on the streets. As sad as that reality is, we have to accept it as the only option the government has.

        Nichole said:
        March 16, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        bullets are cheaper.

    guest said:
    March 16, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Execute him..that is, after all, what he did to her & the unborn child…

    Esco said:
    March 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Hopefully the same happens to him while he's in there. Let's keep our fingers crossed..

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