St. Augustine Record: Raja guilty, faces at least 25 years in prison

State Attorney David Aronberg was in the courtroom for the verdict, which came nearly three years after he decided to charge Raja with manslaughter and attempted murder, the latter of which in particular was met with skepticism in Palm Beach County legal circles. But Chief Assistant State Attorney Adrienne Ellis and fellow prosecutors Brian Fernandes and Alexcia Cox explained to the jurors that the charge was there because Raja didn’t deserve a “pass” for the last three shots he fired at Jones after Jones was already presumably dying.

In the months before Raja’s arrest, Aronberg faced pressure from community leaders concerned that Raja’s case would join the number of fatal police shootings involving mostly young black men where officers faced no criminal charges.

Outside the courtroom, Aronberg thanked community and business leaders trusting his decision.

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