Anthony Horton Found Guilty

By Mike Trim

July 22, 2010 Updated Sep 26, 2006 at 7:12 PM EDT

A joyous response from the family of slain Trooper Andrew Sperr after Monday's verdict was read.

It only took two and a half hours for the jury to find 34 year old Anthony Horton of Elmira guilty of all 9 charges he faced.

Here's Horton, handcuffed, being escorted out of the Chemung County Courthouse after the verdict was read.

Sperr's family praised the jury's swift decision, and said it puts a bitter sweet closure on their loss.

"I feel better but I'm not sure if it's going to take me back where I was 7, 8 months ago," says Trooper Sperr's father, Andrew L. Sperr.

"Maybe there's justice in the court system, but there's no justice for my son. Because I don't have him and we don't have him, and Horton is still here, and I don't care if he goes to jail for the rest of his life," says Trooper Sperr's mother, Jean Sperr.

The conviction of aggravated murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

The jury had to find that Horton intentionally killed Sperr to find him guilty of that charge.

Horton's Attorney, Richard Rich never disputed that his client robbed the Chemung Canal Trust bank in Big Flats and shot Trooper Sperr in March.

Rich only tried to convince the jury Horton did not intend to kill him.

Chemung County District Attorney Jonn Trice said Horton shot Sperr six times, and believes that was evidence enough to prove intent.

Monday night, Horton is in Chemung County jail, where he will wait until his sentencing on October 19th.

Trials are still pending for two other suspects charged in the case.

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