Murder conviction in fatal Racine parking dispute

A Racine man will be sentenced in October following his conviction for felony murder in a fatal parking lot dispute.

Prosecutors said Richard Lewis, 25, punched the victim, Albert Paragamian, 88, after Paragamian bumped his car as he backed out of a space at the Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital in March 2011. Paragamian fell to the ground, hit his head and died a week later.

Lewis was also convicted of battery to the elderly. He testified Paragamian was grabbing for his cellphone when he lost his balance and fell.

The Racine Journal Times said jurors reached their verdict following about two hours of deliberation.