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“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.”
He continued, saying: “I give a lot of credit to his parents. They were really strong in trying to help him out. They really went to bat for him, but I guess they just couldn’t do enough.”
Lewis was released from Los Angeles County Jail a week ago, according to court records.
He had pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon and attempted burglary in separate cases, according to the records.
“Obviously defendant’s behavior is out of control and needs counseling afforded by a professional,” another probation officer wrote in a report filed in Lewis’ assault case.
Both probation reports state Lewis said he was earning about $20,000 a year as an actor in recent years, and he had been living with his parents when he was first arrested in January. In both cases, he was ordered to stay away from drugs.
Lewis’ career spanned more than a decade, mainly in small roles. He played Ricky in the 2007 movie “AVPR: Aliens vs Predator _ Requiem” and was Dennis “Chili” Childress for two seasons on TV’s “The O.C.” He also appeared in episodes of such popular television shows as “Boston Public,” “Judging Amy,” “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Drake & Josh.”
He was on “Sons of Anarchy” in 2008 and 2009 before his character was killed off.
Kurt Sutter, the show’s creator and executive producer, tweeted news of Lewis’ death Thursday:
“It was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way,” Sutter wrote. “I wish I could say that I was shocked by the events last night, but I was not. I am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path.”
AP writers John Rogers and Shaya Tayefe Mohajer in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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