The verdict was reached at around 3:15 p.m. It was announced in LA at around 4:05 p.m.
In this particular instance, Involuntary Manslaughter will mean a sentence of 2-4 years. However, since the jury also found in favor of a gun “enhancement”—meaning a sentencing add on for the use of the gun in the crime—Mehserle will likely do more–specifically as much as 5-14 years.
Mehserle has been taken into custody. (He was free on a $3 million bail.) He will be sentenced on August 6.
A rally and news conference regarding LA residents’ reactions is taking place at Crenshaw Boulevard and Vernon Avenue in Leimert Park.
People are gathering in downtown Oakland.
5:15 p.m.—around 500 people gathering at 14th and Broadway in Oakland. (Live blogging here.)
UPDATE: Jack Leonard and Maria LaGanga’s summary of the case and the verdict is both sober minded, informative and insightful.
And here, from the San Jose Mercury News, is a good account of the largely peaceful demonstrations in Oakland—and the problems.
INTERESTINGLY THE RUMOR OF A PROP 8 VERDICT….
….is also drawing crowds, reports the LA Times.