GOSHEN, N.Y. – A man who fatally shot a rape suspect he was trying to turn in to police was found guilty of manslaughter on Monday.
David Carlson claimed he fired his gun in self-defense in October 2013 as he held Norris Acosta-Sanchez at gunpoint so a neighbor could call police. Acosta-Sanchez had been charged in Rockland County with statutory rape of a teenage girl and had been staying at a summer cabin by Carlson's home near the Pennsylvania border.
Carlson, 46, was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter by a jury in neighboring Orange County after more than seven days of deliberations. He faces a maximum of 25years in prison when he is sentenced in January.
While Carlson's supporters say he's more a victim than a vigilante, prosecutors said he was the aggressor.
"Justice was done," Acosta-Sanchez's relative Charles Nieves told the Middletown Times Herald-Record after the verdict.
Carlson had been trying to help police catch Acosta-Sanchez in the days leading up the shooting. Acosta-Sanchez had fled police after they let him go back to the cabin he was staying in to get his wallet.
Defense lawyers said Acosta-Sanchez showed up at Carlson's home before the shooting. They said Carlson came out with his shotgun, and the two men began walking to a neighbor's house so Carlson could call police.
Carlson was remanded to county jail on bail of $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash.