Jury finds former Eastwood HS student guilty of bringing gun to school in 2015

Nathan Richardson was found guilty of bringing a .32-caliber gun inside a classroom in April 2015. Credit: KFOX14 / CBS4

On the heels of a deadly school shooting in Florida on Wednesday, an El Paso man was found guilty of bringing a gun into a school in 2015.

Nathan Richardson, 20, was found guilty of a third-degree felony for bringing a 32-caliber handgun inside Eastwood High School in April 2015.

Richardson’s mother and his former teacher testified that Richardson has Asperger's syndrome. According to their testimony, it worsened when he was 13 and his father died.

The gun belonged to his father and the defense argued that it was an antique that he was keeping to remember his father by.

Several witnesses testified that Richardson never threatened anyone, at any point, threatened anyone and that the school was never put on lockdown.

The defense said, “The state says this is a Columbine-style attack that got stopped. But what really happened is a kid found a gun, made a bad choice and brought it to school."

The state countered by setting the gun on the jury box and saying, “Did it read: You must find there was a threat? No. This is a whole other charge. Did this man walk into Eastwood High School with a gun in his backpack? Yes."

Judge Moody spent time asking each juror whether they heard about the school shooting on Wednesday and whether it would affect their decision.

Authorities in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday afternoon confirmed that 17 people had died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida.

Richardson is facing two to 10 years of probation and two to 10 years in prison.

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