Additional charges have been filed against the man accused of beating the former mayor of Hallstead on Sept. 11.
James Lewis, 38, of Hallstead, was shot five times by police in September after he failed to comply with commands to drop a gun he was holding as he approached officers outside of a Dubois Street residence.
Lewis is accused of severely beating Stephen Esposito, 66, in his home that night. Esposito was hospitalized for treatment of injuries sustained in the beating.
He was initially charged with aggravated and simple assault, as well as reckless endangering and terroristic threats.
New charges were added against Lewis to include felony counts of burglary, robbery, possession of a firearm prohibited and criminal trespass; as well as misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking and possessing an instrument of crime.
Lewis was arraigned Thursday, Oct. 4 by Magisterial District Judge Suzanne Brainard. He is being held on $50,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15 in New Milford District Court in front of District Judge Jodi Cordner.