I-5 Shooter Convicted on All Counts
Albert Smith was found guilty on all 25 counts he was charged with, including 10 counts of attempted murder.
He was found guilty of 10 counts of attempted murder and 10 counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm on a peace officer. Smith was also found guilty on one count of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, guilty on one count of willfully shooting a K-9 officer, guilty on one count of evading an officer with disregard to public safety, guilty on one count of transportation of an assault weapon and guilty on one count of possession of an assault weapon. Altogether, Smith was found guilty on 25 counts.
Officers said Smith led them on a high-speed chase on Interstate 5 on Oct. 27, 2011. The officers said Smith eventually stopped near Castella and opened fire on law enforcement.
Despite officers finding an AK-47 assault rifle and a semi automatic handgun in Smith's Astro van, Smith's attorney, Esau Herrerra said his client was innocent.
"Albert Smith did not shoot at a police officer. Not one of them was hit. Not one of them was grazed. Not one shred of evidence recorded shows Albert Smith shooting at any police officer, but we do know that all of them shot back at him," said Herrerra during the trial.
Smith was shot in the shoulder during the ordeal, but it is unclear who shot him.
After the verdict was read, California Highway Patrol Sergeant Ryan Ham said, "It's something that we never experienced before. It was something that you'd see directly out of a movie."
Deputy District Attorney Curtis Woods said he's "relieved at this point in time that the jury had come back this morning with guilty verdicts."
The jury also found the special allegations to be true, which include that his actions were willful, deliberate, and premeditated.
Woods said Smith will most likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
His sentencing is set for April 19th.
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