Jury finds Fairfield man accused of attempting to murder ex-girlfriend guilty
Guilty. That was the verdict given to a Fairfield man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend in Oakland last year.
The jury reached that decision earlier this evening after about five hours of deliberation.
37-year-old Jeremy Clement was found guilty on four charges, including attempted murder.
A count of possession of a firearm was added since Clement was not suppose to have a gun prior to his crimes.
Prosecutors say he intended on killing his ex, Jasmine Caret, and her family in April of last year.
Throughout the trial, the defense has claimed Clement was depressed over child custody issues and went to the home to kill himself in front of Caret.
After entering the home, the defense says Clement was hit by a baseball bat, and the gun fired, accidentally hitting Caret.
However, in closings today, the State told the jury Clement was angry and had the intent to go to the Caret home that night to kill her.
Assistant District Attorney, Michael Madigan says he feels that the jury did what they needed to do.
"The conviction is very important. Now, we'll focus on what the next step would be and what the appropriate sentence would be. Maine has eight specific steps, eight functions of criminal sentencing so we'll look at those, and try to come up with an appropriate sentence," said Madigan.
Clement is being held without bail awaiting his sentencing.