Jury Finds Bradley Scott Gregory Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter, Recommends 8 Years (Updated)

Posted: April 17, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER -- A Frederick County Circuit Court jury found Bradley Scott Gregory guilty this afternoon of voluntary manslaughter for the shooting death of Michael Scott Shirley on New Year's Day 2012.

Gregory, 28, of Winchester, was charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a murder after shooting Shirley during a gathering that began on Dec. 31, 2011.
The jury later recommended Gregory serve 8 years in prison. The sentence will be handed down at a later date. 

Gregory was arrested and charged in Shirley’s death after Frederick County sheriff’s deputies responded in the early morning hours of Jan. 1 to a 911 call about a person being shot at 1373 S. Timber Ridge Road, near the West Virginia border.
Evidence surrounding the night's events was presented at trial over the course of three days.

Judge Clifford "Clay" Athey instructed the jury early today that they could convict Gregory of first-degree murder; convict him of a lesser charge of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter; or find him not guilty. The jury deliberated three hours after both sides rested their cases and held closing arguments prior to a lunch break.

He was found not guilty of the firearm charge.

For more information about the final day of the trial and the verdict, read Thursday's Winchester Star.