Jurors reach split verdict in Ariel Myers trial

TROY, N.Y. — Jurors reached a split verdict Thursday afternoon in the trial of Ariel Myers, the Troy teen accused of the 2009 shooting that left fellow city resident Robert Guynup comatose.

The jury, in Rensselaer County Court, found Myers not guilty of the most serious charge against him, attempted murder.

They did find the 19-year old guilty of first degree assault and criminal possesion of a weapon.

Guynup was shot last Sepetmber as he tried to take pictures for police of an unruly crowd at the Griswold Heights Apartments, near his home. Nearly a year after the shooting, Guynup remains in a coma.

Family members of both Myers and Guynup were in the courtroom for the verdict.

The prosecution says it is satisfied with the outcome, with the differences between the not guilty and guilty verdicts coming down to intent to hurt versus intent to kill.

Myers faces up to 25 years in state prison. He will be setenced September 9.

 

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