Posted: Sep 4, 2013 10:56 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
Updated: Sep 5, 2013 9:00 AM
TOWNSEND - A former Townsend woman who shot and killed her father and stepmother in 1995 is petitioning the court to be released from Warm Springs.
Even though she received two 40-year sentences to run consecutively, Dianna Lewis wants back into society.
On September 22nd, 1995, 28-year-old Dianna Lewis walked into Rob and Peggy Lewis's home on Elkhorn Road. She fired five rounds from a .380 caliber handgun into them while they were sleeping.
Lewis was later found in Sheridan, Wyoming.
The pre-medicated double murders were said to be caused by delusions.
"That her father was the president of the militia, was organizing a revolution in which there would be huge massacres of men, women and children including herself," Dr. Virginia Hill, forensic psychiatrist at Warm Springs State Mental Hospital, said.
For the past 17 years Dianna Lewis has been a patient in Warm Springs. But because she has responded so well to treatment through various psychotic medications, the forensic review board says she is ready to be released into a halfway house in Billings.
"Miss Lewis' response to medications and her recovery from these unbelievably deeply entrenched delusions has been nothing less than remarkable." Dr. Hill said.
The state's attorney, Karla Bosse, said the million dollar question is whether her medications will continue to hold those delusions down.
"The shot must be administered. Without the shot being administered, there needs to be an immediate call to the probation officer." Dr. Hill said.
Family members of Peggy Lewis want justice to be served.
"She's either to stay in Warm Springs or go straight to the women's prison in Billings." Peggy's daughter, Barbara Thomas of Fort Benton, said.
"I just want some kind of justification," another of Peggy's daughters, Susan Graham of Missoula, said.
"She was OK to kill them. And she's very narcissistic, I think she needs to pay for what she has done," Kelly Dolan of Helena, Peggy's niece, said.
Even though the tragic event changed the lives of many in the community where Dianna Lewis worked at the local back, Lewis has been rated at a low risk.
It will now be up to the judge to decide whether medications will be enough to let Lewis back into society prior to her parole eligibility.
Dianna Lewis's parole eligibility isn't until 2015. Judge James Reynolds said his ruling will be in the coming weeks.