- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island man with a history of mental illness has been convicted of manslaughter and assault for choking his brother to death and beating his mother.

Charles Okonkwo Jr., of Dix Hills, was acquitted Friday of the top charge of second-degree murder.

Prosecutors said the defendant’s father, Charles Okonkwo Sr., came home on July 19, 2014, and discovered his 15-year-old son Bradley dead.

The father also found his wife, Chinwe, unconscious in a pool of blood.

Authorities said Charles Okonkwo Jr. confessed to the attacks.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/2bdNDPZ ) that defense lawyer Eric Besso argued that Okonkwo Jr. acted recklessly but didn’t intend to kill his brother or hurt his mother.

The 21-year-old Okonkwo Jr. faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced September 16.


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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