Jeffrey Zeigler was found guilty of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony exactly six months after the violent confrontation, ABC 7 reported.
Cops in Detroit, Michigan, released surveillance footage this week showing a white ex-firefighter blasting away at a black teen with a shotgun after he reportedly knocked on his door and asked for directions. The Rochester High School freshman missed the bus and was lost on his walk to school. The former Detroit fireman testified that the morning of the shooting had been "chaotic" and that he was woken up by his wife's screams around 8:15 a.m. His right hand is barely even on the gun when the gun goes off. "He wishes he didn't go outside that day but.he certainly was not trying to hurt this individual".
"There were choices made and choices have consequences", prosecutor Kelly Collins told the jury in his closing arguments Friday morning.
In April, Walker described his encounter with Dana Zeigler.
"I knocked on her door a few times and she came down yelling at me before I could say anything and she thought I was trying to break into her house", Walker told WXYZ-TV at the time.
In court, Dana Zeigler testified that she saw a black person at her door that day and started screaming.
"It definitely was a hate crime", Walker's mother told WDIV back in April.
Walker was surprised by the couple's reaction to him knocking on their door.
The man said if he could go back and do it differently, he would. According to Ziegler, there had been five break-ins or attempted break-ins in the 13 years he has lived there, including one in which the Zieglers were asleep in their home. Instead, Zeigler has said the shotgun slipped, causing him to accidentally shoot at the unarmed teen, who was not hit.
Video shown in court, recorded via the home's surveillance system, sees Brennan walk up to the front porch and either ring the bell or knock several times before he darts off in the opposite direction. Deputies at the scene described the weapon as a "12-gauge shotgun".
Zeigler also gave an odd interview, Pace said.
"I wanted to fire more up in the air, more towards my shoulder, and I didn't get the chance to because like I said, it was slippery, and I didn't have a good grip on the gun".
"He's been extremely remorseful".
Walker, who said he didn't have his phone with him, added that he saw Zeigler "aiming at me" when he looked back, prompting him to run faster.