CRIME

Shawn Lewis pleads guilty to setting man on fire

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A D.C. man has pleaded guilty second-degree murder for setting a man on fire.

Farley suffered second and third-degree burns over half of his body. Family photo

41-year-old Shawn Lewis entered the plea Wednesday in the death of 38-year-old Douglas Farley. Under a plea deal, prosecutors and the defense will recommend a term of between 16 years and 24 years in prison at sentencing Oct. 18.

According to government evidence, on June 28, Farley was on the back porch of Lewis' apartment building near 21st and R streets SE. Prosecutors say Lewis went to the porch holding a lighted piece of newspaper and a container of ignitable liquid.

Authorities say Lewis threw the liquid on Farley and ignited it with the newspaper. Farley suffered second and third-degree burns over half of his body.

Farley died at the Washington Hospital Center on July 3.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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