BANGOR – A year and half after a fatal shooting that left one man dead and another seriously injured, a judge has delivered a verdict in the murder trial of Thomas Ferguson. He’s one of the New York men accused of killing a man in Bangor and shooting another.
Guilty. That’s the verdict for Thomas Ferguson, 38 of Brooklyn, New York. A judge found Ferguson guilty as an accomplice to the shooting of Robert Kennedy, 38, and Barry Jenkins,42, in November of 2015.
“We’re feeling very gratified,” said Robert Ellis, the assistant attorney general, “We thought it was a strong case coming in. We thought the judge did a very good job analyzing evidence that we thought was quite compelling – quite obviously the judge felt the same way. He gave a detailed analysis of why he felt Mr. Ferguson was guilty.”
Throughout the trial, the court heard from eye witnesses who were present at 201 Center Street in Bangor, the apartment where the murder happened.
“He’s been found guilty of murder and he’s got a serious history,” said Ellis, “We’ll be addressing that.”
The State had a difficult time proving that Ferguson was in the apartment at the time or whether or not he fired a gun at all. They heard from witnesses, including Jenkins, and viewed surveillance footage showing the two together the night of the murder. The judge says there’s no denying that he was there with Robert Hansley, 28, who has also been charged in the case.
“What he did was he made findings the similarity of conduct between Mr. Hansley and Mr. Ferguson and leaped to the conclusion that Mr. Ferguson was guilty as a result to the similarity of the conduct,” said Jeff Silverstein, Ferguson’s appointed council.
Whether or not Ferguson actually shot a gun is still a controversial topic due to inconsistencies in witness testimony, but it was Hansley’s DNA that was found on the murder weapon.
The judge says the way the situation unfolded that he has no doubt that Ferguson was an accomplice to the murder.
“Our client has also indicated that he wishes that we appeal the decision,” said Silverstein, “Obviously that can’t happen until after sentencing… We’ll be filing motions and proceeding towards the sentencing phase of this trial with an appeal to follow.
His sentencing is scheduled for a later date.
“We’re concerned about the sentencing,” said Silverstein, “But that’s the next phase. That’s what we will next address. We will also be submitting some pleadings, addressing some of the inadequacies of the courts verdict.”