Deckert avoided the much stiffer murder conviction which was sought by the commonwealth. The defendant was also found guilty of fourth-degree assault against the victim's wife and wanton endangerment for the crime he committed in the presence of the widow's daughter.
The jury will now go back into deliberations in order to recommend a punishment for the crime. First-degree manslaughter generally carries a penalty of 10-20 years in prison.
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