Jury finds Lawrence guilty

Posted at 9:38 AM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 09:38:46-04

After deliberating most of the day, a jury has found Tracy Lawrence guilty as charged.

The Jackson County man will be sentenced on two counts of second degree murder and one count of felony firearm in the deaths of two teenagers.

Tracy Lawrence admitted to shooting and killing 18 year-old Hunter Lentz and Matthew McMillen in June of 2018 when he took the stand on Monday.

The teens were allegedly breaking into a vehicle at Lawrence's home in Springport Township.

Lawrence's Attorney says he shot them in self defense.

His sentencing date is August 29.

Second degree murder carries a potential sentence of any term of years up to life.

Prosecutor Jarzynka said, "It was a difficult and challenging case."