A jury decided Friday that Kevin Nixon was responsible for the shots that killed Naquan Henderson and injured another man at a 2011 block party on Aspen Court in south Augusta.
Jurors found Nixon guilty of voluntary manslaughter, a reduced charge from felony murder. He was acquitted of malice murder. Nixon was also convicted of aggravated assault and two counts possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Superior Court Judge David Roper postponed sentencing Nixon, 20. He faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison.
Prosecutors said that on July 16, 2011, Nixon fired into a crowd during a fight that started with his twin brother, Tevin Nixon. A second person, Octavius Davis, then 17, was also injured in the incident. Nixon was shot in the leg, but prosecutors said that wound was self-inflicted.
Nixon claimed in a statement to Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Brandon Beckman that he found the gun on the grass and fired once in the air to protect himself and his brother.
Witness testimony and 911 calls made in the aftermath of the shooting placed the gun in Nixon’s hand and established that there was one shooter.