Supreme Court Ruling Puts Kevin Lewis Behind Bars for Life After Murder-for-Hire Plot

May 9, 2024

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Jerradon Phelps (left), Kevin Lewis (center), and Victim Alisha (right) Source: Fox News

On May 8, 2024, the Supreme Court of Washington denied Kevin Lewis’ final appeal motion.

On September 20, 2017, Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit detectives responded to a homicide at a residence in the 3100 block of York Road in Everett where the 24-year-old victim, Alisha Canales-McGuire, was fatally shot following a murder-for-hire plot.

Alisha had been staying at her sister’s home and it is believed her sister Amanda, who was out of town at the time, was the intended target of the murder-for-hire by her ex-husband Kevin Lewis. Kevin Lewis was found to have paid Jerradon Phelps & Alexis Hale $2,400 to kill Amanda Canales.

After a year and a half of investigative work by detectives, they were able to crack open the case.

In April 2019, the two individuals hired for murder, a then 17-year-old Spokane female and a 20-year-old Tacoma man, were arrested for aggravated first-degree murder with a firearm and criminal conspiracy to commit murder. Also, the victim’s ex-brother-in-law, 31-year-old Kevin Lewis, was arrested for first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder.

The investigation continued through the summer of 2021. In 2021, all three were convicted and Kevin Lewis was sentenced to life in prison. This week, on May 8, 2024, the Supreme Court of Washington ruled that Kevin Lewis’ second appeal for his first-degree murder conviction was denied. He has now exhausted all appeal efforts and he will spend life in prison.

Following this decision, The Snohomish County Sheriff wants to recognize Major Crimes Unit Lead Detective, Tedd Betts, for his relentless effort and steadfast commitment to securing justice for the victim and her family.

His diligent investigation involved executing dozens of search warrants and compiling extensive documentation, comprising hundreds of pages, to ensure accountability for the crimes committed by the three individuals. The recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Washington highlights the meticulous attention to detail and careful refinement that characterized this complex investigation.

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