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Jury finds Sharpnack guilty of Aggravated Assault

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In the manslaughter trial of Preston Sharpnack, a jury found him guilty on Monday of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly weapon.

Sharpnack was on trial for the death of Austin architect Matt Casey during a dispute on 6th Street in downtown Austin on Labor Day of last year.

According to Austin police, Sharpnack and a friend got into a confrontation with Matt Casey on 6th street last year. After being separated, police say Sharpnack punched Casey in the face, causing him to fall and hit his head on the sidewalk. Casey was taken to the hospital and died on seven days later.

On Friday, July 12, the jury was sent home 12 hours into their deliberations after failing to reach a verdict. The judge initially told the group to return to their deliberations after they handed her a note claiming they were deadlocked.

Of the assault, Sharpnack claimed he was defending himself, and also that Casey verbally and physically assaulted a female friend who was with him.

Sharpnack faces two to 20 years in prison. He would not be eligible for probation and must serve at least two years because he has two previous felony convictions.

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