This story has been updated to reflect the court proceedings of Jan. 30. A complete story on Tuesday's testimony will run in next week's edition of the Democrat.
With defense attorney Ernie Witt afflicted with the flu, testimony in the trial of Gregory Rongey, who was accused of shooting Booneville Police Chief Al Brown last April, was delayed until Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Yesterday, following testimony by a doctor, dispatchers for the Logan County Sheriff's Office and Booneville Police Department, two Booneville Police Department patrolmen, two Arkansas State Police investigators, a state crime lab expert and BPD Chief Al Brown, a jury of six men and six women found Rongey guilty of first degree battery of a law enforcement officer and guilty of possession of a defaced firearm.
The jury recommended sentences of 20 years for the battery charge with an additional 15-year sentence for the use of the firearm. The jury recommended a six year sentence for the defaced firearm, which will run concurrent with the battery conviction.
A $200,000 appeal bond was set by 15th Judicial District Judge Jerry Don Ramey.
A jury had been selected on Friday, Jan. 19, and the panel was set to hear testimony on Monday and Tuesday of last week.
The jury heard opening statements on Jan. 19, before being dismissed for the weekend.