Man found guilty of manslaughter in 2017 classmate shooting
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting of his high school classmate while showing off a gun in 2017.
A New Britain jury on Friday found 20-year-old Noah Hendron not guilty of murder but guilty of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm.
Prosecutors argued Hendron intentionally shot and killed 16-year-old Vincent Basile because he’d repeatedly loaded and unloaded the gun and pointed it at Basile’s face.
They say Hendron, who was 18 at the time, also attempted to cover up the shooting by throwing the .38-caliber revolver in a storm drain and fleeing the scene.
Hendron’s lawyer argued his client was guilty of negligence or recklessness, but not murder.
Hendron’s trial began last week and the jury started deliberating Friday morning. He’ll be sentenced Jan. 2.