Convicted: Sean Bryant guilty of 1st-degree murder; Michael McCauley convicted of involuntary manslaughter
Michael McCauley dropped his head and quickly raised it after hearing his first “not guilty” verdict.
Sean Bryant — who along with McCauley faced murder charges in connection with the April 2018 slaying of Stan Norman — was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder, and was found to have killed the 70-year-old Norman while torturing him. Bryant, 55, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole.
Jurors convicted McCauley, 45, of involuntary manslaughter in the April 2018 slaying of Norman. He was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter and second-degree murder charges.
An involuntary manslaughter conviction carries a maximum four-year sentence. McCauley was jailed June 1, 2018.
Formal sentencings haven’t yet occurred for the two men.
“We’re glad there was accountability in this case,” District Attorney Jesse Wilson said of Bryant’s case. “We respect the decision of the jury.”
Wilson also said he respected the jury’s decision in McCauley’s case, adding that it was difficult based on the facts jurors were asked to consider.
Closing arguments in the case happened Tuesday. The jury then began its deliberations.
Authorities had said that Bryant tortured and killed Norman at a Cascade Shores home after he drunkenly grabbed Bryant’s girlfriend. McCauley was brought to the home hours later. His attorney argued that Bryant threatened McCauley with his life if he failed to help kill Norman.
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July 12, 2018: Hearing in Stan Norman murder case delayed until August
Aug. 16, 2018: Nevada County murder suspects enter ‘not guilty’ pleas
April 5, 2019: Details emerge in death of veteran Stan Norman
April 9, 2019: Murder, torture trials for Sean Bryant to remain separate
April 23, 2019: Witness to Stan Norman slaying testifies in Nevada County court
April 24, 2019: Nevada County judge delays decision in Stan Norman homicide case
Aug. 26, 2019: Date set for Nevada County murder trial
Jan. 24, 2020: Nevada County murder trial could be delayed
Jan. 31, 2020: Nevada County murder case rescheduled for end of March
Oct. 2, 2020: Trial date set in Stan Norman murder case
May 10, 2021: Trial date set for 2 men facing murder charge
July 16, 2021: Murder trial delayed
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Oct. 15, 2021: Murder trial set for next year
Feb. 4, 2022: Murder trial expected to start April 19
Alan Riquelmy is the editor of The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com or at 530-477-4249
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