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Man, 25, convicted of attempted murder

State attorneys: Victim struck twice in leg in shootout

Booking photo of Joshua Brightman.
Booking photo of Joshua Brightman.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 25-year-old man was found guilty Friday evening of second-degree attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, armed burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, state attorneys said.

In June 2012, Joshua Brightman, 25, and Anthony Palmer kicked in the front door of the victims' home, pointed their guns and demanded money from the victims, according to state attorneys.

During the altercation, one victim armed himself with a pistol after witnessing the other victim being held at gunpoint, authorities said.

A shootout occurred between Brightman, Palmer and the victims. State attorneys said one of the victims was struck twice in the leg, but has recovered from his injuries.

The investigation revealed that hours before the shooting, Brightman and Palmer went to the home to purchase a vehicle with cash in response to a Craigslist ad posted by the victims, according to state attorneys.

Brightman now faces mandatory life in prison as a prison release re-offender, state attorneys said. He is expected to be sentenced next month.

Palmer was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison on charges of second-degree attempted murder, attempted armed robbery and armed burglary, authorities said.