DAILYKENN.com -- A black male was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter after fatally shooting a white man in the back.
The shooting was video recorded.
The jury reasoned Howard F. Penn was acting in self defense when he shot 52-year-old Lloyd Worster.
The crime occurred two years ago in Albion, Massachusetts.
Throwing out the more serious charge of first-degree murder, a jury Monday found Howard F. Penn guilty of voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting a man at the Albion rooming house two years ago.
The 12-member jury, which deliberated for close to three hours Monday morning, based its decision on the case that the former security guard shot 52-year-old Lloyd Worster in self-defense but used excessive force in doing so.
Mr. Penn, a 56-year-old resident of Worcester, could face up to 20 years in prison for the manslaughter conviction, as well as shorter sentences for the lesser charges of possessing a gun and ammunition without a firearm identification card. The jury on Monday also found him guilty of those charges.
Mr. Penn, who is being held without bail, is to be sentenced Wednesday by Judge David Ricciardone.
The family of Mr. Worster, who worked as a handyman at the 765 Main St. rooming house, exited the courtroom quickly after Monday’s verdict. In an elevator, his daughter Nicole Worster expressed anger over the jury’s decision.
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