Leon Houston found guilty in retrial

Leon Houston (source: KCSO)
Leon Houston (source: KCSO)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A federal court found Leon Houston guilty of making threats against the life of his former attorney.

The jury came to the decision to deny Houston’s request for an acquittal after only two days of proceedings. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for December 21 at 10:00 a.m.

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In his first trial Houston was sentenced in 2014 to five years in federal prison. The sentence was overturned in July based on a Supreme Court ruling that a Pennsylvania man’s violent comments on Facebook did not amount to a real threat. The judge ordered Houston’s case to go back to court for further proceedings.

Houston and his brother Rocky were charged and tried, but never convicted of first degree murder of a deputy and former police officer in 2006.

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