"This pattern of violence wasn't presented to the jury, and they still found me not guilty," Lewis said.
Unable to maintain clients in his law practice and with legal fees looming, Lewis has had to accept financial help from his parents.
He intends to sue everyone associated with his arrest and what he calls "a travesty of justice." Lewis has filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court to allow him to file against the county prosecutor after the judge in his case ruled he couldn't.
"I'm hoping things will start changing now," Lewis said. "I still believe I have a lot to do in the legal arena for people.
"For now, I plan to celebrate the Fourth with a new understanding of what our forefathers did to create independence for us," he said. "I'm so glad for the right to a defense and for a trial by a jury by my peers.
"It's nice to have this behind me," he said. "Mr. Bogart was an acquaintance that I was attempting to minister to and help out. Everything happens for a reason.
"This was all part of that plan," Lewis said. "I've gotten a lot of spiritual growth through this. I would like my name and character restored, but in this age of three-second sound bites, that's hard."
Lewis, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, is a former Army ranger and JAG officer with the West Virginia Army National Guard.
He grew up in the coalfields of Welch, McDowell County, and graduated from Weir High School in 1989. He holds degrees in accounting, finance and law from West Virginia University.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.