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UPDATE: Tyler Dahms found guilty of murder


PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) -- Jurors have found Tyler Dahms guilty of first degree reckless homicide in the death of Karen Dombrowski.

The verdict came in just after 2:00 p.m. Monday.

Dahms was also found guilty of second degree attempted homicide of Kenneth Dombrowski.

Jurors found Dahms not guilty of charges related to the stabbing of Michael Dombrowski.

Dahms faces up to 60 in prison for the death of Karen Dombrowski and up to 30 years for the attempted homicide charges.

From the very beginning, there was never any doubt about whether Dahms stabbed the Dombrowskis. He admitted it to police the day of the incident and again when he took the stand last week. The question jurors had to answer was if they believed he did it out of self defense. It was an issue jurors wrestled with for about eleven hours starting Friday and ending Monday.

The stabbings happened on May 15, 2011 in the Town of New Hope near Amherst when Dahms and the Dombrowskis got into a fight.

The first degree reckless homicide conviction means jurors decided even though Dahms caused Karen Dombrowski's death, he may not have done it with the intent to kill. The conviction of second degree attempted homicide shows jurors believed Dahms was trying to kill Kenneth Dombrowski.

The jurors decided Dahms was not guilty of trying to kill Michael Dombrowski. Dahms had testified Michael was the first one who came toward him during the confrontation that ultimately led to the stabbings.

"Ultimately it's up to the jury and the jury had enough facts to support their verdict," said Portage County assistant district attorney David Knaapen. "There certainly is nothing minor or inconsequential about what the defendant was found guilty of."

Dahms' attorneys declined comment after the verdict was read. Families on both sides of the case had no comment as well.

Dahms faces up to 60 years for the reckless homicide charge, and up to 30 years for the attempted homicide charge. Dahms' sentencing date has not been set yet.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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