EUREKA- William Nelson was found guilty of shooting a sheriff’s deputy in Shelter Cove back in May by a Humboldt County Jury.
Fifty-five-year-old William Nelson shot a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy in the chest when deputies were serving Nelson a notice to leave the premises. Just before noon on Monday, the jury found Nelson guilty of the attempted murder of a peace officer, but the jury did not find that it was premeditated. Nelson’s sentencing is set for January 15th, where he faces life with the possibility of parole for the attempted murder conviction and an additional 20 years for discharging a firearm in the commission of that felony.
"When an officer is shot such as this case, I think it's an affront to the entire society, and if you don't prosecute those and send out a message to people that this is not going to be tolerated, then you can kind of see what the ramifications would be if it wasn't, so I think it was really important that the jury did get it right in this case and send a clear-cut message to the people out there who would think of doing something like this that it's not going to be tolerated," said Investigator Greg Musson with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
"The District Attorney's office did their job. They worked well with our office and the critical incident response team that investigated this incident, so investigators from the Eureka Police Department, Arcata Police Department and the Department of Justice all as a team brought forth the evidence, interviewing people, documenting the evidence on scene to prove this case in court," said Undersheriff William Honsal with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.