HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. — A man has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter but acquitted of murder in a shooting death at a Pennsylvania party last year.
The Altoona Mirror (http://bit.ly/2cWS4vg ) reports that a Blair County jury on Friday night also convicted 35-year-old Jorge Gomez III of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two related charges in the May 2015 slaying of 28-year-old Kai Carter.
Jurors deliberated for five hours before acquitting the Altoona man of first- and third-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.
Authorities said Gomez shot Carter outside an Altoona party where people had gathered to watch the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao boxing match.
Gomez’s attorneys said he was “sucker-punched,” fell and then fired in self-defense. Defense attorney Thomas Dickey says his client, who will be sentenced Dec. 6, is happy with the verdict.
Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com