Mateo guilty on weapons charge, acquitted of others

The Geneva man accused of shooting local boxer Aleem “Hammer” Whitfield was convicted Friday on a weapons charge but acquitted on other counts.

Ontario County District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo said Nelson Mateo Jr. was found guilty in county court of the top count he faced, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. That charge is a class C felony.

Mateo was found not guilty of first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault and second-degree criminal use of a firearm.

“I expected this verdict, because for all counts other than CPW 2, I have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mateo was not acting in self-defense,” Tantillo said in an e-mail. “But that defense, justification, does not apply to CPW 2.”

Tantillo added that he will ask for the maximum sentence, which is 15 years in prison and five years of parole. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 21 by Judge Craig Doran, who presided over the trial.

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