Report: Officials worried about ‘Anarchy’ actor
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A probation report shows officials expressed serious concerns about the mental health of a former “Sons of Anarchy” actor suspected of killing his landlady before falling or jumping to his death in Los Angeles.
The report was prepared in May, three months before Johnny Lewis was sentenced for trying to break into a woman’s home in Santa Monica.
The report states the officer’s belief that Lewis, who was identified as a transient, would “continue to be a threat to any community” in which he lived unless he got help. The officer also stated he believed the actor suffered from serious chemical dependency or mental health issues.
Lewis was released a week before he is believed to have killed his landlady and her cat Wednesday.
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An actor whose character died a violent death on the TV drama “Sons of Anarchy” plunged to his death in a driveway after apparently killing his landlady and attacking neighbors near Hollywood, police said Thursday.
Johnny Lewis, who played Kip “Half-Sack” Epps in the FX show, is the only suspect in the death of 81-year-old Catherine Davis, according to Los Angeles police.
Authorities found them dead Wednesday morning after neighbors reported a woman screaming inside the home, Cmdr. Andrew Smith said.
The home was ransacked, glass was shattered and a dead cat was found.
Neighbors said a man had jumped a fence and assaulted a painter and homeowner next door.
The body of Lewis, 28, was found in the driveway. He could have jumped or fallen from the roof, garage or balcony, or tumbled down stairs from a patio area, Smith said.
It appears Davis had been beaten, Smith added.
Because of the circumstances, investigators were checking whether Lewis was on drugs or had mental health issues, Smith said.
Lewis’ attorney Jonathan Mandel said the actor did have serious mental issues that seemed to surface fairly recently. He said Lewis’ parents and others had tried desperately to help him.
“Johnny Lewis had a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems,” Mandel said by phone Thursday. “I recommended treatment for him but he declined it.”