John F. Kennedy H.S. student not guilty on serious charges in death of homeless man

One of the John F. Kennedy High School students charged in the murder of a homeless man was found not guilty on the most serious of charges Wednesday.

Nineteen-year-old John Williams was found not guilty of felony murder, murder and aggravated assault. Williams was convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, riot and reckless manslaughter.

A total of 16 students from the school were charged in the killing of Hector Robles, a homeless man, three years ago. Twelve of those students pleaded not guilty to lesser crimes and three others were juveniles. Williams was the only one to stand trial in the death of Robles.

The prosecutor says the Robles family thinks the verdict was fair. Williams attorney says he will argue the reckless manslaughter charge. Williams will receive his sentence on December 10.

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