Jury finds Thurman guilty of second-degree manslaughter
SPOKANE, Wash. — A jury convicted Dwayne Thurman of second-degree manslaughter in the 2016 shooting death of his wife, Brenda, after finding him innocent of the same charge in the first degree.
Thurman, 44, was originally charged with first-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing his wife two years ago. The jury began deliberations Monday afternoon, and reached a verdict in the middle of the day Tuesday.
Prosecutors asked that Thurman, who has been out of custody, be taken to the Spokane County Jail on Tuesday. His attorney, Carl Oreskovich, asked Spokane Superior Court Judge Timothy Fennessy to allow a 24-hour waiting period for Thurman to assess his bond situation. The judge agreed- unless Thurman posts a $50,000 bond by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, he’ll be taken into custody at that time.
Sentencing is set for May 3. Prosecutor John Love said the standard sentencing range for second-degree manslaughter, and a defendant who has no prior convictions, is somewhere in the 2-year range. But, the jury agreed on a special verdict that asked if Thurman was in possession of a firearm at the time of the shooting. The firearms enhancement, according to the RCW, will add three years to that standard range.
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