Verdict reached for man accused of murder

By Conor Mooney
By Brandi Bailey

March 5, 2014 Updated Mar 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A jury found Isaiah Criss guilty of murdering Jeremiah Reynolds in September 2012.

22-year-old Isaiah Criss had tears running down his face as the verdict was read in the murder of Jeremiah Reynolds.

Criss sat stone faced through a majority of the trial.

"Unfortunately in America a lot of people get convicted and have been executed for crimes by juries just like this jury and have been found to not have committed those crimes," said Criss' attorney Kelly Fischer.

Fischer added that he anticipates an appeal in the future.

For Reynolds' family, justice has been served. With that comes sadness.

"I thought I would feel happy. I feel sad. You know why? Because I watched that kid that shot my son grow up, so there's no pleasure there," said Reynolds father Muhammad Kellihan.

Reynolds' parents say they remember September 8, 2012 like it was yesterday.

"Obviously the case is a serious one. The allegation is a serious allegation and everyone's top concern whether it be juror witness, spectators is safety. Caution is the best policy," said Senior Assistant District Attorney Pete DeLucia.

Throughout the trial the jury was handed inconsistent statements and law enforcement was informed of threats made outside the courtroom. Because of that, more than a dozen law enforcement officers lined the courtroom.

The Reynolds family said they feel bad for Criss.

"I feel sorry for him. I have no hatred toward you man. I hate what you did, not you," Kellihan said.

The prosecution said Criss could spend life in prison. The sentencing date has been set for April 25.

Criss was also found guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

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