Lyons man acquitted of murder, convicted of lesser charges

Following five hours of deliberation, a Wayne County jury acquitted a Lyons man of murder but convicted him of criminally negligent homicide over a stabbing at the former Iroquois Hotel.

Pedro Colon, 63, was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was acquitted of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter.

Acting District Attorney Chris Bokelman said the jury reached the verdict about 8 p.m. Tuesday. He said while he was disappointed with the decision, he appreciated the jurors’ service and respected their verdict.

Bokelman said it was a difficult case since the only two eyewitnesses were Colon and the victim, Hector Marquez.

“It was an appropriate case to give the jury for their decision,” Bokelman said. “This case has had an unusual path, having been presented and indicted by two different grand juries, and the fact that those two grand juries didn’t return the same charges in their separate indictments should tell you that different people saw this case and drew different conclusions.”

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