- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A 32-year-old Bronx man has been convicted in a 2002 shooting at a christening party that killed a 10-year-old bystander and paralyzed a rival gang member.

Authorities said Monday that Edgar Morales was convicted of manslaughter, attempted murder, gang assault and other charges after a 6-week-long retrial.

Morales was originally convicted in 2007 in New York’s first-ever use of the New York State Anti-Terrorism Statute against an organized gang. Prosecutors said the gang tried to intimidate the neighborhood’s Mexican-American community.

The state’s highest court overturned the conviction in 2012, saying street gangsters that commit assaults and murders are not terrorists under the statute that was enacted following 9/11.

Morales had said he handled the gun but denied firing the five shots. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

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