A former bread truck driver has been found guilty of manslaughter for the death of an unarmed teen he accused of stealing a lunchbox.
Jonathan Scott was emotional after a jury convicted him of manslaughter after less than two hours of deliberation, according to AL.com.
Scott said he shot 16-year-old Mustafa Bearfield to scare him after the teen snatched a lunchbox from his delivery truck while it was parked outside of a convenience store. He says he yelled at Bearfield to drop the box, but the kid gave him a “screw you look.”
"I told him drop it or I'll shoot," Scott said during the trial.
He says he decided to shoot over Bearfield’s head to frighten him. Scott fired six rounds and the last was the fatal shot. Scott’s attorney says his client has always been remorseful for his actions, and thought the jury would show him some mercy.
"He's upset," Morgan said. "He knew he was going to have to pay for this. He just believed it should have been [criminally negligent homicide], not manslaughter."
Due to the similarity of this case to Trayvon Martin's death, Scott has been referred to as the "George Zimmerman of Alabama." He failed to share in Zimmerman's fate, however, because the jury found that he knew he risked killing Bearfield when he shot at him, but decided to shoot at him anyway.
Circuit Judge Chris Comer said he would schedule the sentencing for a later date. Scott faces up to 20 years in prison.