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Man Convicted of Shooting at Officers' Homes

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- One of the two men accused of shooting at homes of police officers in Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore has been convicted by a jury of reckless endangerment and related charges.

David M. Watson, 24, of Laurel, was arrested by Delaware State Police following allegations that he used shotguns and rifles to fire shots at the homes of police officers who lived in Sussex County and Wicomico County, Md., in December 2012. No one was injured in any of the incidents.

Sgt. Clifford Dempsey of the Dewey Beach Police Department, who was one of the officers to have his home attacked, was in the courtroom as the jury read the verdict.

"In our hearts, my family and I believe the criminal justice system did its job and provided us with justice," said Dempsey.

On Friday, instead of convicting Watson of attempted murder, a Sussex County Superior Court jury found him guilty of a lesser charge: reckless endangerment. He was also convicted of possession of a firearm during the commission of a firearm, conspiracy and criminal mischief.

"The evidence was overwhelming," said Judge T. Henley Graves.

Watson had pleaded not guilty, unlike his alleged partner, 21-year-old Orrin Joudrey of Delmar, Md. who was handed a 15-year prison sentence for charges of gun possession, conspiracy, among others.

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