Man con­victed of killing ac­cused rapist

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Har­lan S. Wax­man Health News Syn­di­cate

David Carl­son was found guilty of first-de­gree man­slaugh­ter and faces a max­i­mum prison sen­tence of 25 years.

An Or­ange County man who fa­tally shot a rape sus­pect he was try­ing to turn in to po­lice was found guilty of man­slaugh­ter Mon­day.

David Carl­son claimed he fired his gun in self-de­fense in Oc­to­ber 2013 as he held Nor­ris Acosta-Sanchez at gun­point in Spar­row­bush so a neigh­bor could call po­lice. Acosta-Sanchez had been charged in Rock­land County with statu­tory rape of a teenage girl and had been stay­ing at a sum­mer cabin near Carl­son’s home.

Carl­son, 46, was found guilty of first-de­gree man­slaugh­ter af­ter more than seven days of jury de­lib­er­a­tions. He faces a max­i­mum of 25 years in prison when he is sen­tenced in Jan­uary.

Carl­son could have been con­victed of the more se­ri­ous crime of se­cond-de­gree mur­der, which car­ries a max­i­mum sen­tence of 25 years to life.

While Carl­son’s sup­port­ers say he’s more a vic­tim than a vig­i­lante, pros­e­cu­tors said he was the ag­gres­sor.

“Jus­tice was done,” Acosta-Sanchez’s rel­a­tive, Charles Nieves, said af­ter ver­dict.

Carl­son had been try­ing to help po­lice catch AcostaSanchez in the days lead­ing up the shoot­ing. AcostaSanchez had fled po­lice af­ter they let him go back to the cabin he was stay­ing in to get his wal­let.

De­fense lawyers said Acosta-Sanchez showed up at Carl­son’s home be­fore the shoot­ing. They said Carl­son came out with his shot­gun, and the two men be­gan walk­ing to a neigh­bor’s house so Carl­son could call po­lice.

Carl­son has been re­manded to the Or­ange County Jail in lieu of $250,000 cash bail or $500,000.

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