Jury finds Tyrone Mosby guilty in shooting of Orlando teen
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A jury has found an Orlando man guilty of attempted murder in the shooting of teenage girl who was struck in the head by a stray bullet.
Tyrone Mosby showed no sign of emotion when the verdict came down, which followed roughly 11 hours of jury deliberations.
Prosecutors had argued that the then 19-year-old Mosby shot his way through a Pine Hills neighborhood after he burglarized a home last summer and that one of the bullets randomly hit 16-year-old Danielle Sampson. The injury has left the girl in a wheelchair, floating in and out of consciousness.
"We're glad that justice has been served in this area, but it's not going to bring back my daughter the way we need her to be," said Alma Fletcher, Danielle's mother.
Sampson was caught in the crossfire when she was traveling with her parents in their minivan on the evening of July 29, 2012. Sampson has been paralyzed ever since, and although the trial is now over, her family continues a difficult journey.
"It's no end, because my sister is still in the condition she's in," said Danielle's sister, Baje Fletcher. "Until she's able to be back on the basketball court and sing with me and dance with me, it's really no end."
After the verdict was read, one of Mosby's relatives tearfully bent over in her seat. Seconds later, they left the courtroom, declining to speak about the guilty verdict.
Mosby will be back in court on April 11, when Circuit Judge Julie O'Kane will decide if he spends the rest of his life in jail for this crime. The family says Danielle will attend that hearing as well.