L.A. jury convicts man of murder in Venice Boardwalk car crash
A Los Angeles jury on Friday found a man guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Italian tourist Alice Gruppioni, who visited California with her husband on their honeymoon.
The jury convicted Nathan Louis Campbell of deliberately driving his car into Alice Gruppioni and other pedestrians on the Venice boardwalk. Gruppioni was killed just a few weeks after her wedding. Apart from Gruppioni's death, the accident left 17 others with serious injuries.
Campbell was also found guilty of a number of counts of assault with a deadly weapon and hit-&-run charges.
Initially, Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila Prosecutors sought a conviction of first-degree murder for Campbell but agreed to remove the allegation during deliberations by the jury. Avila said that the district attorney's office was satisfied with the verdict.
Commenting on the verdict, Avila said, "We're very satisfied with the verdict and that he was held accountable on all counts - especially the murder of Alice Gruppioni."
James Cooper, who defended Campbell during the trial, said the verdict was as good an outcome as his client could have expected.
Following the conviction, Campbell now faces a possible sentence of life in prison.
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