Pernell Flanders found guilty in June shooting

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Utica man has been found guilty of trying to kill an acquaintance of his following an argument over the summer.

A jury has found Pernell Flanders guilty of trying to shoot a man on Brinckerhoff Ave and Leah Street back in June 26 around 12:30 a.m.

Prosecutors say he first used a semi-automatic pistol and when he ran out of bullets for the pistol, then used a rifle to shoot John Thorington after a dispute between Flanders' sister and Thorington's fiance earlier that night.

The defense argues the argument involved other people and that Flanders' was merely trying to break it up.

Flanders was the victim of a shooting a month before he shot Thorington and in 2008 faced charges after driving a car through the walls of a publishing company on Lafayette Street in Utica while fleeing gunfire. Thorington was connected to that evening's incident in the fact that he reported to police that Flanders had taken the car without permission, even though Thorington wasn't the registered owner of the vehicle.

Flanders was found guilty of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and first-degree reckless endangerment.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 11 in Oneida County Court.

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