A National Guardsman has been convicted of second-degree murder in the November 2010 murder of a 45-year-old Springfield Gardens woman.
David Lynch, 33, of Far Rockaway, was convicted last Thursday according to a statement released by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Lynch, whom Brown said served two tours in Iraq, faces 25 years to life in prison for beating and drowning Althea Lewis, 45, of Springfield Gardens in the predawn hours of Nov. 23, 2012 on a beach in Far Rockaway.
He faces 25 years to life when sentenced by Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder on April 29, and Brown is seeking the maximum.
“As a National Guardsman and an Iraq war veteran, the defendant was trained to defend the weak and protect the innocent,” the District Attorney said. “In this case, he went against everything he was taught and brutally beat and drowned a woman he purportedly loved during an argument. His actions have irreparably shattered a family by robbing them of a loved one, and, as such, his conviction warrants imposition of a maximum sentence to punish him and protect society.”
According to testimony at the trial, Lynch punched Lewis in the head repeatedly during an argument that took place near the boardwalk and Beach 32nd Street.
“He then threw her into the water and dragged her out by the feet, causing her head to be submerged,” the DA’s statement said.
The statement added that police discovered that Lewis had four puncture wounds to her face “that were so deep they first believed she had been shot in the face several times.”
Those wounds subsequently were proven to have been inflicted by a ring that Lynch had been wearing as he attacked her.
The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Lewis died of a combination of blunt force trauma to her head and submersion in water.