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Man who ran over cyclist Greg Germani sentenced to 15 years

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Man who ran over cyclist Greg Germani sentenced to 15 years

Joseph Alan Lewis, right, speaks with his attorney Overton Thierry, left, during an Aug. 1, 2014 preliminary hearing. File photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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Joseph Alan Lewis, right, speaks with his attorney Overton Thierry, left, during an Aug. 1, 2014 preliminary hearing. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Joseph Alan Lewis, right, speaks with his attorney Overton Thierry, left, during an Aug. 1, 2014 preliminary hearing. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Joseph Alan Lewis will spend the next 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to some of the charges related to the attempted murder of a local cyclist, Greg Germani.

Lewis received his sentence in Fulton County Superior court on the morning of Oct. 20. The sentencing hearing was delayed after Lewis’ attorney did not arrive because he was attending a conflicting hearing in federal court.

Germani’s friends and relatives and Lewis’ mother gave impact statements.

Lewis ran over Germani with his red Doge Nitro on June 9, 2014 and left the cyclist to die.

Germani had been riding home from his job at Turner Broadcasting. The incident is believed to have occurred after Germani exchanged words with the driver of the Nitro.

Prosecutors dropped charges against Lewis’ girlfriend, Shanelle Woodard, after she agreed to testify against him. She was accused of helping Lewis cover up the crime.

Germani is also the man behind the well-known Atlanta Time Machine website which publishes “then and now” photos of the city.

Lewis, who moved to Atlanta from Michigan, is an aspiring musician.

The attack inflicted a brain injury so severe that Germani is never expected to fully recover.

Associate Editor Dena Mellick was at the hearing and will file a more detailed report later this afternoon. Check back for updates.

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