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Thu., Oct. 22, 2009, 5:58 p.m.

Teen faces 39+ years after jury verdict

A Spokane teenager faces a a minimum of about 39 years in prison after a jury convicted him Friday of shooting at two men in a motel parking lot.

Anthony R. Covert, 19, was found guilty of attempted murder, first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and two weapons charges for a Nov. 7, 2008 shooting at the West Wynn Motel, 2701 W. Sunset Highway, that left a Spokane man, Shane L. Hagedorn, with gunshot wounds to his stomach.

The jury of nine women and three men acquitted him of only one count - first-degree assault on a friend of Hagedorn's who was not shot.

The convictions carry four weapons enhancements, which add significantly more prison time.

Hagedorn, who was 27 at the time of the shooting, "still doesn't have full use of his arms, and he's still in quite a bit of pain," said Spokane County Prosecutor Dale Nagy.

"As always we're pleased, particularity for the victims and their families, about the verdict," Nagy said. The jury deliberated for about a day.

Past coverage here and here.

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