Florida school shooting: Three men convicted in second-degree murder of a kindergartner

(CNN) — Three men have been found guilty of a murder in Tampa, Florida, one year after a shooting left Ahmaud Arbery dead and a kindergartner seriously injured, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Rondell Carl Joseph, 21, Bryant Boyd, 30, and Seun Adnan Lewis, 22, were found guilty of first-degree murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in relation to the shooting, a statement from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the men, along with three others, were in a stolen SUV outside a home on September 27, 2017, when they confronted Arbery and one of his two friends.

Arbery, 25, was shot and fatally wounded; a 6-year-old boy was struck by a bullet and was treated at a local hospital, authorities said.

Lewis was arrested in another case days after the shooting. Another man later turned himself in, and police arrested the third alleged shooter in December, the statement said.

The other three defendants — all adult men — were previously acquitted of all charges during preliminary hearings, a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said.

Court records don’t indicate when the trial will begin or the trial date. Joseph was also found guilty of attempted armed robbery and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Hillsborough County Court officials said all four defendants will be sentenced on October 22. The maximum penalty for first-degree murder is life in prison without parole, as is the maximum penalty for the other charges.

It is not yet clear whether they have attorneys.

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