Allen Tayeh sentenced in murder of beloved lawyer Doug Lewis

Allen Tayeh, on the left, appears in a mugshot; Doug Lewis, on the right, appears in a law firm portrait that was also used in his obituary. (Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office; obituary)

A Georgia man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his ex-wife’s divorce attorney and then setting the victim’s law office on fire late last year, authorities in the Peach State announced on Wednesday.

Allen Tayeh, 65, was first arrested on charges of malice murder and arson in early December 2022 for the death of attorney Douglas “Doug” Lewis. In late February, a grand jury formalized those charges and then some. He was indicted on one count each of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, burglary, arson, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, criminal attempt to conceal a death, and tampering with evidence.

On June 21, Tayeh took legal culpability for every single indicted count by entering a guilty plea, according to the Gwinnett District Attorney’s Office. He was subsequently sentenced to life without the possibility of parole along with an additional five-year sentence to be served consecutively.