A jury of his peers found 25-year-old Lynn Nathaniel French guilty Monday on several felony charges that include attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. The charges came from a November 2008 incident in which French was alleged to have shot two teenagers, Amanda Ricketson and Megan Cavanaugh.
Susan Doyle, Lee County District Attorney stated that French was found guilty of two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Following the guilty verdict Monday, Superior Court Judge Franklin Lanier sentenced French to a minimum of 490 months and a maximum of 616 months in prison.
Local law enforcement leaders said that this stiff sentence should serve as a warning to others committing violent crimes.