Jury finds Andy Brown guilty in murder at Sturgis accounting firm

Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A jury has found Portage accountant Andy Brown guilty of murdering his boss.

Jurors found Brown guilty Monday of both second-degree murder and felony firearm possession.

They found him not guilty of first degree premeditated murder.

It was an emotional and grueling trial for everyone involved, and so Monday proved difficult for both sides.

The prosecution says they feel justice was served.

After three weeks and 15 hours of deliberating, the jury was able to reach its verdict.

It was not an easy decision, as some jurors were in tears leaving the courtroom.

The three week trial has been difficult for everyone.

"This has been the most emotional case of my life," said Prosecutor John McDonough. "David Locey has an incredible family, incredible friends, incredible staff, that have been nothing but gracious to us throughout the entire process."

McDonough says Locey's family had hoped for a first degree murder conviction and the mandatory life sentence, but still feel there was justice.

"They hoped for first degree murder, but they're happy Mr. Brown is not going free today, that's for sure," he said. "They're amazing people; things like this don't happen to families like that, and that's been one of the hardest things to deal with."

Defense attorney Michael Hills says he will begin the appeals process.

"We're obviously disappointed with the verdict," he said. "I think Andy's still in shock right now, we're gonna start working on the appeal right away."

Brown could face up to life in prison for the second degree murder charge, but it's up to the judge to decide, and he has wide discretion on the issue.

The sentencing will be in late August.

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