A jury on Thursday found the Raleigh homeowner guilty of first-degree murder.
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The jury's decision was unanimous. The jury deliberated for less than two hours.
Copley was indicted in 2016 by a Wake County Grand Jury on murder charges after police said he fatally shot Thomas on August 7, 2016.
Authorities said Copley fired a shotgun from inside the garage of his house on Singleleaf Lane in Raleigh and hit Thomas, who later died at a hospital.
Initial reports state Copley claimed he was shooting at "hoodlums on his street."
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