WATERLOO, Iowa --- Paris Anding was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter by a Black Hawk County jury Friday afternoon.
Anding, 20, was charged in the August beating death of 19-year-old Marcellus Andrews in a fight on Cottage Street.
The verdict, which arrived after about nine hours of deliberation, was met by “amens” from the audience.
Anding hugged his attorneys, Steve Addington and Jill Eimemann, upon hearing the outcome.
He had been facing up to 50 years in prison if convicted on the originally charge of first-degree murder.
The voluntary manslaughter charge, one step down from murder, carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Sentencing will be at a later date.
Andrews’ mother, Velma Andrews, said she harbors no hatred, but misses her son.
“I put it in God’s hands, and God took care of it,” she said following the verdict.
Prosecutors said he swung a baseball bat and struck Andrews in the head after an ongoing dispute among others led to the melee on Cottage Street.
The defense argued that Anding was protecting his 18-year-old aunt, Toni Phillips, who was about to be attacked by Andrews.
They also said Andrews was wielding a pole during the fight.
The jury also had the option of finding him guilty of involuntary manslaughter, assault causing serious injury or assault causing bodily injury.
The jury began deliberations on Thursday afternoon. They returned a verdict around 2:30 p.m. on Friday.
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