Updated:COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A Cobb County man pleaded guilty on Thursday to tossing objects through the windshields of moving cars over a two-year period.
Charles Samuel Lewis, 53, faced a 45-count felony indictment in connection with a series of attacks on vehicles in the John Ward Road area. The plea deal, eight counts of terroristic acts and one count of influencing a witness, sends Lewis to prison for two years followed by 13 years on probation.
"I have no rational explanation for it at all," Lewis told the judge. "I really didn't realize I was doing it."
Prosecutors traced dozens of victims with windshield and car damage back to Lewis. They also revealed in court that police had set up security cameras in the area that eventually captured images of Lewis' pickup truck. Police also discovered some objects used in the attacks at Lewis' work place.
His crime spree ended when one of the attacks shattered the windshield of National Park Service Ranger Anthony Winegar, who then chased down Lewis and detained him.
Lewis was accused of threatening Winegar in October and a judge revoked his bond.
Lewis' lawyer said the defendant, a former Coca-Cola worker, suffered from depression and emotional issues, but Judge James Bodiford said that didn't really explain his actions.
Victims told Channel 2's Ross Cavitt that driving down the road has not been the same for them since the attack.
"It's always there. It's always in the back of my mind," Winegar said.
Bodiford also ordered Lewis to continue psycho therapy, avoid all contact with his victims and pay $8,500 in restitution.