A jury ruled that a 24 year old man should be sentenced to the death penalty for shooting a Delaware police officer, according to The Washington Post. The jury was split, with seven jurors recommending the death penalty, and five recommending he receive life in prison. The judge will make the final decision in May.
The shooting occurred in 2009. The convicted man allegedly shot at an individual identified as a drug dealer, whom he was trying to rob in a fast food restaurant’s parking lot. Two police officers began pursuing a car carrying the man and two others, and one of the officers was shot during the pursuit. During the trial, defense attorneys argued that the man suffers from brain damage in addition to being the victim of constant abuse as a child.