MARION COUNTY, Fla. A jury found two of three defendants guilty of shooting into a crowd outside Cloud 9 nightclub in 2015, killing 19-year-old Benetria Robinson and injuring five others. The third defendant, after a day-long deliberation session, was acquitted on all charges.
Laquan Barrow and Michael Smith were found guilty on charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder. While Gary King, was found not guilty of the same charges.
Emotions ran high in the courtroom as Laquan Barrow and Michael Smith's verdicts were read.
"We the jury find as to the defendant Laquan Barrow guilty of second degree murder."
Both were found guilty in the shooting death of 19-year-old Benetria Robinson.
Gary King was found innocent by his jury, due to him asking for a speedy trial.
Her parents say they'll never forgive them for what they did.
Mrs. Robinson said, "I'm here to say that I'm so glad I got justice for my daughter."
Mr. Robinson said, "So while you're sitting in prison I want you to think about one thing, Benetria Robinson."
Barrow's sentencing date has not yet been set, while smith was sentenced shortly after the verdicts were read.
Judge Anthony Tatti sentenced Smith to life in prison for the crimes with a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years.
Smith’s sister said, "All I can say for my side of the family is we do apologize. We can't bring back, or words can't bring back your daughter."
But the Robinsons say life in prison is justice well served.