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Andrew Brown of Portage found guilty of 2nd degree murder


CENTREVILLE (WKZO)-- A St. Joseph County Jury has found murder suspect Andy Brown guilty of second degree murder.

The jury was into its third day of deliberations when it finally was able to come to a consensus on the charges leveled at the Portage accountant.

Last October, Brown had just been accused by his boss, Steven Locey, of embezzling over 100-thousand dollars from clients. The next day, Locey who was 70-years-old, was found dead from a bullet wound to the head.

The Prosecutor argued that Brown had been convicted in 2005 of embezzling 200-thousand dollars from the Kalamazoo County Parks Foundation, and knew this time he may be going to jail.

Because of that the Prosecutor told the jury he had been driven to desperation, claiming that Brown shot and killed Locey.

But apparently it was not enough to convince the jury that Brown planned the killing, or they would have convicted him of first degree murder.

Second degree murder suggests it was an unplanned act of anger, but still a homicide. The 37-year-old Brown will be sentenced next month and could get anything up to life in prison.

He was also found guilty of felony firearms, which will mean he will serve two years, before serving whatever he gets for the homicide.

The judge can also consider the fact that he has a previous conviction during the sentencing phase, which could mean little to no leniency.

Brown's Defense Attorney says they plan to appeal.