Jury Returns Partial Verdict in Ithaca Police Officer Shooting Case
A Tompkins County jury has reached a partial verdict in connection with an Ithaca man accused of shooting an Ithaca City Police officer last October.
Jurors found Jamel Booker guilty on multiple charges stemming from the shooting of Police Officer Anthony Augustine.
Among the charges; seven felony counts, including assault on a police officer, assault, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal use of a firearm and tampering with physical evidence.
Officer Augustine was shot on October 11, 2012 during a foot chase. Police had stopped Booker in a car that was reported stolen. Booker fled and foot and shot at Augustine as he chased him, Officer Augustine was shot in the chest, he later suffered a stroke; he is still recovering.
The jury failed to reach a verdict on the most serious charge of attempted murder.
Prosecutors said Booker intended to kill Officer Augustine. Booker's attorney said his client had no plan to kill the officer and was just trying to get away.
Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson says her office is prepared to try Booker again on the attempted murder charge.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28.