ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A jury has convicted a man in a north St. Louis County shooting that left one person paralyzed for more than a year.
Robert Brefford, 35, was found guilty Thursday of first-degree assault and armed criminal action charges in the investigation.
The shooting happened on Feb. 1, 2019, in the 12000 block of Baresford Drive. Investigators say Brefford chased and shot at two men. One person was shot in the back and ended up paralyzed for more than a year. That victim also had ongoing disabilities, per court records.
The shooting happened after the boyfriend of Brefford’s sister reportedly called Brefford to her house ovcer an altercation.
“I thank this jury for saying that St. Louis County is fed up with reckless gun violence and the notion that firing a gun is some kind of solution to a personal dispute,” said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell. “We have to find a better way to solve our problems than picking up a gun.”
Brefford’s attorneys noted he fired the shots, but claimed he was acting in self-defense. The jury denied those claims.