Miami Jury Acquits Man Accused of Firing at Coast Guard Crew

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MIAMI -- A federal jury in Miami has found a man not guilty of firing at a Coast Guard crew.

Daniel Michael Szabo, 41, faced a possible life prison sentence for charges of trying to kill a Coast Guard officer during a boarding and using a firearm while committing a violent crime.

The Miami Herald reports the jury acquitted Szabo last week on both weapons charges but found him guilty of failing to stop his vessel when ordered to do so by the Coast Guard. His sentencing is June 6.

According to court records, a Coast Guard patrol found Szabo around late Aug. 21 in a dinghy in Key Largo Sound. Szabo allegedly fled, fired six shots at the crew and rammed their vessel before they could subdue him with pepper spray.

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