By Will E Sanders
TROY — Patrick McGail gave a glance at the jury, swallowed deeply, and stared straight ahead in an emotionless gaze as a jury of six men and six women delivered their guilty verdicts Thursday after nine and a half hours of deliberations over two days.
McGail, 18, was found guilty of two counts of murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, and several firearm specifications, in the Halloween eve home invasion turned homicide of Nathan Wintrow, 20, of Troy.
Wintrow was shot at point-blank range with a 9mm handgun inside the laundry room of his 218 E. Canal St., Troy, residence in front of his girlfriend and best friend in a premeditated robbery where the motive was money and marijuana.
Miami County Prosecutor Anthony Kendell reserved any substantial commenting on the McGail case until after the sentencing hearing.
“I think it was a just verdict, and I really don’t want to say anything more until after sentencing,” Kendell said.
Kendell said that McGail faces a prison sentence between 18 years to life to 40 years to life at his upcoming sentencing hearing, which was scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 29.
Kendell added the second murder charge McGail was found guilty of would be dismissed.
Members of Wintrow’s family declined commenting, too, saying they will wait until after McGail’s sentencing.
Defense attorney Christopher Bucio said afterward it was a very long and important case, and that he has a lot of respect for the jury and the “difficult decision” they made in deciding the case.
“It was not an easy case for them to decide, but we appreciate their time,” Bucio said.
Bucio said he will discuss with the family whether or not the case will be appealed. He could not say one way or the other Thursday afternoon.
The courtroom of Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee was packed to capacity with additional court security when the verdict was delivered.
McGail’s mother, father and brother, who attended the entire trial, were reduced to tears and sobs as the verdicts were read by Gee.
Family members of Wintrow reacted with reserved jubilation as the verdicts were read.
Afterward, McGail, who was out on bond after serving 26 days in a juvenile detention facility, was placed into the custody of sheriff’s deputies and booked into the Miami County Jail.
McGail’s co-defendants, Jason C. Sowers, 17, and Brendon A. Terrel, 19, both of Troy, have since been convicted for their parts in the murder of Wintrow through plea agreements that required their “substantial assistance” in prosecuting McGail.
Terrel was convicted of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. Sowers was convicted of murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary, in addition to firearm specifications. He faces a maximum sentence of 40 years to life.
Both teens, who testified against McGail at trial and called him the “ringleader” and “mastermind” of the premeditated crime, will undergo their sentencing hearings Monday.
On the night of the murder, McGail and Sowers, both wearing masks, entered Wintrow’s home as Terrel served as a lookout. McGail and Sowers got into a scuffle in a back room of Wintrow’s house and that’s when Sowers shot Wintrow in the head.
A total of 25 witnesses took the stand during the duration of the seven-day trial.
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