Polson Found Guilty in Pleasant Hill Shootings

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DES MOINES, Iowa--After three full days of deliberation a jury has found Pete Polson guilty for his involvement in a Pleasant Hill shooting last November.

Polson was charged with three counts of attempted murder as well as six other charges. Police say he went on a random shooting spree hitting two people and narrowly missing a third. A jury found Polson guilty for attempted murder for shooting at Mark Mitchell. However, the jury found Polson guilty of two counts of the lesser charge of assault to inflict serious injury for Zach Whitehill and Matt Stephenson. Stephenson avoided being injured but Whitehill was shot in the back and neck and has permanent nerve damage as a result of the shooting.

He was also found guilty of two counts of willful injury causing serious injury, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and failure to affix a drug stamp.

Polson didn't deny the shooting but told the jury when he took the stand he didn't remember it because he used drugs the night before.

Polson showed little emotion as the verdict was read. He was immediately taken into custody without bond. Just the attempted murder, assault, and willful injury charges carry up to 50 years in prison. Polson will be sentenced on December 9th.



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