Man Accused of Murdering Sheriff Convicted on Some Charges, Acquitted on Others

Patrick Lorenzo
Patrick Lorenzo

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- After six days of deliberations, a Circuit Court jury Tuesday reached a verdict in the sheriff murder trial.

The panel of seven men and five women found Patrick Lorenzo guilty of second-degree murder, kidnapping and several firearms offenses.

But the defendant was acquitted on the most-serious charge of first-degree attempted murder, which carries a punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The jury also found him not guilty of robbery.

Armed with a gun, Lorenzo stormed into Osake Sushi Bar and Lounge February 10th. Deputy Sheriff Daniel Browne-Sanchez, who worked at the bar part-time, was fatally shot.

Under a new law, the jury must decide on the prosecution's request for extended prison terms. Jurors are scheduled to return for the sentencing hearing November 28th.