A Will County jury has convicted a suburban Chicago man for the January 2011 murder of a 14-year-old boy who was playing video games in his Lockport home when he was shot to death.
Vernon C. McCormick was accused of spraying the home with bullets, hitting Deonte Lesley in the head. He later died at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. Wounded in the shooting was 16-year-old Jordan Edwards and 17-year-old Shadon McDonald.
It took the Will County jury four hours Tuesday before finding McCormick guilty of first-degree murder.
When he was arrested on an unrelated parole violation, investigators said they believed McCormick acted alone and others living in the house, not Lesley, were the intended targets.
Prosecutors said the 24-year-old McCormick faces life in prison when he's sentenced Sept. 26.