Johnny Lewis, who most recently starred as Kid “Half-Sack” Epps on the FX series Sons of Anarchy, was found dead on the driveway of the property where he lived on Wednesday. He was 28. Also found dead at the property was 81-year-old Catherine Davis — his landlady — who was beaten to death, as well as her pet cat, whom he kicked and beat to death, “tearing it apart” with his bare hands. It’s believed Lewis murdered them. Lewis had been released from jail six days earlier. He was sentenced to a year in L.A. County jail with three years of probation after pleading no contest to one count of assault with a deadly weapon. Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter released a statement on his WhoSay account that read: “It was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way. I wish I could say that I was shocked by the events last night, but I was not. I am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path.”
Family sources told TMZ Johnny was a “good guy” who only had trouble after experimenting with an unnamed drug earlier this year. He had a “psychotic break” and became mentally unstable. Neighbors witnessed the murders and tried to stop him, but he fought them off and fled to the roof, where he then fell to his death. It’s believed he was on on PCP or meth while committing the murders. Lewis had also appeared on the TV series The O.C. as Chili, the Fox sitcom The Quintuplets in the role of Pearce Chase, in the NBC series American Dreams as Lenny and in the 2010 movie The Runaways with Kristen Stewart.