Judge Finds Pennsylvania Mall Shooter Not Guilty for Attempted Murder Due to Mental Illness

Judge Acquits Mall Shooter of Attempted Murder, but finds him guilty of related lesser offenses.

A judge has acquitted a man of attempted murder in a Pittsburgh-area mall shooting that wounded three people but convicted him of other charges.

President Judge Jeffrey Manning convicted 18-year-old Tarod Thornhill of aggravated assault, reckless endangering and firearms crimes Monday in Allegheny County.

Defense attorney Chris Urbano acknowledged that his client shot his 20-year-old target and wounded two shopping bystanders in February 2015 in Macy's at the Monroeville Mall.

But he said Thornhill was mentally ill and didn't know his actions were illegal or was unable to control them. Prosecutors said he was recorded on a jail phone call being told by a woman to fake insanity.

Defense attorney Chris Urbano called the judge's decision fair and said he was glad that his client would get mental health treatment.

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