Almost two weeks of testimony has lead to a guilty verdict in the trial of Christian Patterson. He was convicted Thursday afternoon of shooting and killing Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman during a standoff last year. Our Sarah Blazonis talked with Wyman's family and prosecutors and has more from outside the courthouse.
ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. –Eight months after the death of Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman, jurors found the man responsible guilty on all counts.
Christian Patterson, 41, was found guilty of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment.
The 24-year-old deputy was shot by Patterson following a six hour long standoff outside his Town of Augusta home last June.
During closing arguments, prosecutors repeated the phrase "to protect and serve" when talking about the oath Wyman swore to when becoming a sheriff's deputy. It's a belief his family members say he'd carried with him all his life.
"Kurt always wanted to serve as a kid growing up. He wanted to be a Marine for many, many years. He got that. Law enforcement, that was a dream, he did it. He did it to the best of his ability. I couldn't be prouder," said Brian Wyman, Kurt’s father.
Patterson faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced in April.