DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT)- After nine hours of deliberation, a jury found Kylen Gregory guilty of reckless homicide in the death of Ronnie Bowers.
Bowers and Grergory were 16 at the time of the shooting. Gregory, who is now 18, admitted on Thursday in court that he had shot Bowers. He was facing a total of 8 counts, including murder, and the jury convicted him of reckless homicide.
Ronnie's Dad Ron Bowers only said one thing after the verdict.
"It's better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6. Ronnie was carried by 6," he said.
Bowers was alluding to the six pallbearers who carried Ronnie during his funeral.
The defense said that reckless homicide was the proper charge, but prosecutors disagreed.
"If somebody shoots at a car that's full of people trying to send a message, 'Don't come back at us'," defense attorney Jon Paul Rion said, "that's heedless, that's indifference. That's reckless."
"This wasn't a bullet meant to send a message," Montgomery County Assistant Prosecutor Lynda Dodd said. "That was a bullet fired that's going to hurt someone."
Some of the charges Gregory was convicted of carry 11 years, and some 3. He's set to be sentenced at a later date.