Jury finds ex-Navy SEAL guilty of Vegas beatings

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Associated Press

Posted on August 11, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 11 at 1:01 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury has found a former Navy SEAL guilty of attacking eight people with a metal pipe on the Las Vegas Strip in an apparent drunken rampage.

Jurors said Wednesday that Luke Shawley is guilty of seven charges of battery connected to a March 2010 attack that sent three people to the hospital.

He was found not guilty of one count of burglary.

Prosecutors say Shawley had 20 alcoholic drinks before the episode, which was caught on surveillance video at The Venetian resort-casino.

His defense attorney says that Shawley only had eight drinks. He argues that someone had laced one beverage with ecstasy, which fueled the attacks.

Shawley is under house arrest awaiting a Dec. 15 sentencing date. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

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