CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Franklin County man has been found guilty of third-degree murder for killing a man who tried to rob him in his home on Christmas morning in 2013.
A jury reached the verdict Thursday at the trial of Mickle J. Shaffer, according to court records.
Shaffer, 55, of Fayetteville, was found not guilty of first-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, and drug charges.
Prosecutors said Shaffer shot and killed 21-year-old Janorris Hughes, who was on parole after serving time for burglary.
Hughes was armed with a semi-automatic rifle when he tried to rob Shaffer and his house guests, police said. One of those guests, Terry Fulton, was shot during a struggle with Hughes.
After Hughes fled the home, authorities said Mickle picked up the rifle, went after Hughes, and fatally shot him behind his rural home.