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Most Trial Verdicts Released in Reginald Denny Case

Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES

On Monday, most of the verdicts in the trial of Damian Monroe Williams and Henry Keith Watson were released.

Some convictions were for lesser crimes that are automatically included in the primary charge. For instance, the primary charge of assault with a deadly weapon carries a misdemeanor charge of assault. Also, in some cases a lesser, related charge underlies the primary charge.

Damian Monroe Williams

Williams was charged with 10 counts involving Reginald O. Denny and six other alleged victims. The verdicts on those counts:

VICTIM: Reginald O. Denny

Primary charge: Willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder

Verdict: Still deliberating.

Punishment: Life in prison

Primary charge: Aggravated mayhem

Verdict: Not guilty of aggravated mayhem; guilty on lesser charge of simple mayhem.

Punishment: 2 to 8 years for simple mayhem. (Could have been life in prison for aggravated mayhem.)

Primary Charge: Robbery

Verdict: Not guilty

Punishment: Could have been 2 to 5 years (with possibility of an additional 3 years for intentional infliction of great bodily injury and 1 year for use of a deadly weapon).

VICTIM: Alicia Maldonado

Primary charge: Assault with deadly weapon

Verdict: Not guilty of assault with deadly weapon; guilty of lesser charge of misdemeanor assault.

Punishment: A maximum of 6 months and/or $1,000 fine for misdemeanor assault. (Could have received 2 to 4 years for assault with deadly weapon.)

VICTIM: Jorge Gonzalez

Primary Charge: Assault with deadly weapon

Verdict: Not guilty of assault with deadly weapon; guilty of lesser charge of misdemeanor assault.

Punishment: 6 months and/or $1,000 fine for misdemeanor assault. (Could have received 2 to 4 years for assault with deadly weapon.)

VICTIM: Terrance Manning

Primary Charge: Assault with deadly weapon on a firefighter

Verdict: Not guilty

Punishment: Could have received 3 to 5 years

VICTIM: Fred Mathis

Primary charge: Assault with deadly weapon on a firefighter

Verdict: Not guilty

Punishment: Could have received 3 to 5 years

VICTIM: Fidel Lopez

Primary charge: Assault with deadly weapon

Verdict: Not guilty of assault with deadly weapon; guilty of lesser charge of misdemeanor assault.

Punishment: 6 months and/or $1,000 fine for misdemeanor assault. (Could have received 2 to 4 years for assault with deadly weapon.)

VICTIM: Takao Hirata

Primary charge: Assault with deadly weapon

Verdict: Not guilty of assault with deadly weapon; guilty of lesser charge of misdemeanor assault.

Punishment: A maximum of 6 months and/or $1,000 fine for misdemeanor assault. (Could have received 2 to 4 years for assault with deadly weapon.)

Primary charge: Robbery

Verdict: Not guilty.

Punishment: Could have received 2 to 5 years

Henry Keith Watson

Watson was charged with five counts involving Denny and two other victims. The verdicts on those counts:

VICTIM: Reginald O. Denny

Primary charge: Willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder

Verdict: Not guilty of premeditated attempted murder; guilty of lesser, related charge of misdemeanor assault.

Punishment: A maximum of 6 months and/or $1,000 fine for misdemeanor assault. (Could have received life in prison for premeditated attempted murder.)

Primary charge: Robbery

Verdict: Not guilty

Punishment: Could have received 2 to 5 years (with the possibility of 3 years for the intentional infliction of great bodily injury).

VICTIM: Larry Tarvin

Primary charge: Assault with deadly weapon

Verdict: Still deliberating.

Punishment: 2 to 4 years (with the possibility of 3 additional years for intentional infliction of great bodily injury).

Primary charge: Robbery

Verdict: Not guilty

Punishment: Could have received 2 to 5 years (with the possibility of 3 years for the intentional infliction of great bodily injury).

VICTIM: Alicia Maldonado

Primary charge: Assault with deadly weapon

Verdict: Not guilty.

Punishment: Could have received 2 to 4 years.