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Ryan Deleston found guilty of murdering Marley Lion

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Friday evening jurors found Ryan Deleston guilty of murdering Marley Lion. Friday evening jurors found Ryan Deleston guilty of murdering Marley Lion.
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Friday evening jurors found Ryan Deleston guilty of murdering Marley Lion. Deleston was found guilty on all charges related to the shooting of Lion.

Deleston was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Deleston was also found guilty on three other charges including armed robbery and two weapons charges.

The Lion family was quiet as the verdicts were read. Some were emotional, others were thankful at least one chapter is over in this murder.

"There's really no closure. It's like losing a limb," Elizabeth Paige, Lion's mother said. "So you have to figure out how to live life without your limb, I guess."

The family filled many sections of the courtroom throughout the week. After the verdict was read, Paige could be seen wearing a pendant with one simple word: "Marley."

I'm not going to give up on life, and I'm going to keep on living as well as I can for him and I cant wait to see him again, " Paige said.

During deliberations Friday afternoon twelve jurors reviewed hours of video, from surveillance video to interrogation video of Ryan Deleston. In the video, Deleston repeatedly denies shooting Marley Lion and claims his former friend and co-defendant Bryan Rivers is the shooter. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson and her team had 30 witnesses appear on the stand. Wilson cut a deal with some of those witnesses, so they could help convict Deleston.

"That was a tough thing, certainly that tough for Marley's family, but they hung in there and understood, as emotional as it was, they also were smart about it," Solicitor Scalett Wilson said. 

In closing arguments Deleston's defense emphasized "nothing is owned to the community" and stated "you should not convict Deleston there is reasonable doubt."

Through the week long trial, the prosecution aimed to show they had all the evidence to show Deleston killed Lion. The key piece of evidence was the gun used in the murder that was recovered through a police tip and an undercover setup.

Read more on the Marley Lion murder here.

The prosecution invoked emotion during closing arguments telling the jury Marley Lion had a lot to live for and he did not deserve to die, but his murderer deserves his sentence.

The defense explained to jurors the differences between being convicted with murder and manslaughter.  The defense also made note that Deleston had never changed his story.

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