Judge grants plea deal for Frank Motta house party death




Posted on July 1, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 5:27 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – What happened at an out of control North Spokane house party earned a man nearly ten years in prison on Tuesday.

Treven Lewis pleaded guilty to 1st Degree Manslaughter for the beating death Frank Mott, 65. Mott was a neighbor who had come to the part to break things up.

Lewis was originally charged with 2nd Degree Murder. On Tuesday, the prosecution and defense asked that Lewis serve about ten years. As part of plea deal, his sentence will range from 102 to 136 months.

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Frank Motta died March 15th, 2012 after suffering a critical head injury trying to break up an underage drinking party happening next door. The party was hosted by a teen whose parents were out of town. The parents had asked Motta to keep an eye on the home.

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Charging documents say one witness saw Motta nudging people, telling them to leave including Lewis' pregnant girlfriend. The court papers go on to say that Lewis, 18, yelled “Get away from my girl,” pushed Motta to the ground, and when he got up from the floor punched him in the head.

Deputies found Motta lying on his back, stiff and bleeding from his head and right ear.

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Investigators say Lewis’ punch led to a skull fracture to Motta’s frontal lobe and a fracture on the right temporal side of his skull that caused bleeding and bruising of his brain.

In court Tuesday, Lewis just told the judge he was working on a GED in jail.

Under the plea deal reached, Lewis would get credit for some time served.