Jury recommends 39 years in revenge killing

Avery Fernando Gray. Photo: Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail Avery Fernando Gray. Photo: Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail

Antonio Washington was fatally stabbed at Al Hamraa restaurant on May 10, 2014, and a year later, his best friend, Avery Fernando Gray, 39, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of the uncle of the man charged with killing Washington.

The jury deliberated for six hours and at 2:30am Saturday, May 2, found Gray guilty in the May 17, 2014, shooting of Oscar Brown on Hardy Drive. Brown is the uncle of Taneak Turner, 20, who is charged with killing Washington at a joint birthday celebration for Washington and Gray, according to NBC29.

Gray originally was charged with first-degree murder. Along with second-degree murder, the jury found him guilty of using a firearm in commission of a murder, shooting in a public place and shooting into an occupied dwelling, and recommended a 39-year sentence. Gray’s sentencing date will be set June 15.

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