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JURY CONVICTS MAN OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

A Genesee County Court jury convicted a Stafford man Thursday of the attempted murder of a police officer.

Richard F. Mills, 32, was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder and attempted first-degree assault for pointing a rifle at a Genesee County sheriff's investigator during a standoff at his house Dec. 20, 2001.

But jurors acquitted Mills of a second count of each charge, finding that a gun was accidentally discharged during a subsequent struggle with two other deputies.

Mills was also convicted of first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of felony criminal possession of a weapon and one count of third-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Authorities were called to Mills' house after he threatened suicide, and the standoff ensued. Mills allegedly aimed the rifle at Investigator Roger Stone as he walked by a window.

Mills could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison Jan. 3.

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