Jonathan Belton has been found guiltyÂ on all chargesÂ in the shooting death of an Oak Park police officer.READ MORE: Nurse Gets Probation For Role In Teen's Death At Kalamazoo Youth Home
Belton, 18,Â was charged with killing officerÂ Mason SamborskiÂ in 2008.
WWJ got the details from legal analyst Charlie Langton, who was in the courtroom as the verdict was read.
“There were four counts — two counts dealing with a gun, and then one count dealing with the murder ofÂ a police officer.Â And, of course, one count premeditated, first degree murder. The jury came back with guilty…all counts, Langton said.
Â Belton will be sentenced Dec. 14 to mandatory life in prison without parole.
He was 16 when Samborski pulled him over in Oak Park, a few miles north of Detroit. Belton didn’t have a driver’s license, and authorities have said Samborski drove him to a nearby apartment complex with the apparent intention of seeking an adult to take custody of the teen or identify him.
Defense attorney Geoffrey Fieger had argued that Samborski accidentally shot himself during a struggle with Belton.READ MORE: Booster Shots Become Available, Pfizer Starts Testing Pill For COVID-19 Prevention
Prosecutors said Belton took the officer’s gun.
“They got it right,” Ken Samborski, the officer’s father, told reporters after the verdict was read. “It was not an accident. They got it right, and Mason can now rest in peace.”
Samborski’sÂ boss, Public Safety Director John McNeilance,Â said he isÂ relieved and pleasedÂ by the outcome of the trial.
“We obviously wanted Jonathan Belton held responsible for the violent actions and for the murder of Officer Samborski. So, we’re very gratefulÂ to the jury for carefully considering the evidence and coming back with a just verdict,” McNeilance said.
McNeilance said Belton left a huge whole in a lot of lives by his violent actions and he’s very relieved the trial is over.Â Â
As deputies led him from the Pontiac courtroom, Belton told his mother: “Keep your head up, Momma.” He told other relatives: “I love you all. You stay strong.”MORE NEWS: Former Daughter-In-Law Of Dr. Anderson Speaks Out In Support Of Anderson’s Victims, All Victims Of Sexual Abuse
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