Tyler Dabney (LPD Photo)

A Lynchburg jury today found Tyler Dabney guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the shooting death of Benjamin Friar at the James Crossing apartments in November of 20-18. The jurors then recommended a sentence of four years. Prosecutors had sought a second-degree murder verdict, but Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Bennett says no outcome would be considered satisfying:

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That with Reporter Andre Whitehead. Dabney’s mother, Brandi Drew, tells him she is relieved her son was not convicted on the murder charge:

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Witnesses had argued that the shooting resulted from a heated argument. Formal sentencing is set for April.