February 22, 2005
In handcuffs, Christopher Green was led away Wednesday.
The Charlottesville man was found guilty in the shooting death of 19-year-old Ashley Toney.
The teen was killed last year in the parking lot of Trophey Chase apartments along Commonwealth Drive, after a fight broke out. This decision comes after Tuesday's trial where multiple witnesses testified about that night. Based on their accounts and the evidence, the judge believed the 24-year-old did pull the trigger.
"I think it's a great decision. We're very, very pleased with the judge's decision. His analysis was right on and it basically is a confirmation of the special grand jury and the hard work that those jurors did," said Commonweath's Attorney, James Camblos.
However Green's defense attorney, Francis Lawrence, says that although he "respects the judge's analysis, he does not feel the judge gave enough weight to two witnesses" who placed the gun in the hands of Christopher Green's cousin, Phillip Green, the man originally arrested for Toney's murder.
While the Toney family says they are pleased with the decision, the senseless tragedy stands as a reminder that in the end, both families lose in the long run.
"We've got to remember there were victims on both sides. The family of the defendant [are] victims just as the family of the person who was killed, Ashley," said Camblos.
Green's attorney says most likely the judge's decision today will be final, so it doesn't look that there will be any appeals. Christopher Green now faces a mandatory three year sentence for a firearm charge and between 5 to 40 years for the charge of felony homicide. He is set to be sentenced on April 27.