Jury convicts Florida man of killing NY state trooper
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – A Melrose, Florida, man accused of deliberately driving his vehicle into a New York state trooper who was issuing a ticket has been convicted of first-degree murder.
A jury Friday found Almond Upton guilty of the 2014 death of 42-year-old Trooper Christopher Skinner. He faces a possible punishment of from 20 years to life in prison at a Nov. 10 sentencing hearing.
Prosecutors say the trooper was issuing a ticket along Interstate 81 near Binghamton in upstate New York when Upton purposely drove his vehicle at 93 mph into the officer.
Attorneys for the 62-year-old Florida man argued he lacked the mental capacity to understand what he had done. They had hoped the evidence would justify an insanity defense.