Guilty Verdicts Returned in Shooting Trial

November 17, 2015

November 17, 2015

Contact: Tim Connolly 508-368-7236

WORCESTER – A Superior Court jury today found an Auburn man guilty on six of seven charges stemming from a 2013 shooting and assault outside a Worcester bar, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Darryl Thomas, 31, was found guilty of two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; possession of a firearm not at home or work; possession of ammunition; possession of loaded firearm; and possession of firearm during a felony. The jury found Thomas not guilty of armed assault with intent to murder.

Thomas, who is held without bail, is considered a habitual criminal and faces enhanced penalties for these convictions. Judge David Ricciardone set Nov. 25 for the subsequent trial on the enhancements and sentencing. Assistant District Attorney John H. Melander is prosecuting the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

The incident occurred just after 1 a.m. on Oct. 19, 2013, outside of NufCed Bar at 377 Park Ave. During a fight the defendant pistol whipped the victim several times before shooting him in the chest at point-blank range.

The victim was rushed to St. Vincent Hospital and had to be resuscitated. He survived his injuries, and was released after nine days.

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