A 28-year-old man has been found guilty of second-degree murder and attempted voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting his girlfriend at her 20th birthday party.
The Mendocino County jury convicted Caleb Flitcroft yesterday.
He had been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder,
but the jury chose to convict him of the lesser charges.
Authorities say Flitcroft shot Brittney Syfert five times with a semiautomatic handgun during the party at her Potter Valley home on
Nov. 12, 2005.
Defense attorneys had argued that Flitcroft, who was drunk, accidentally killed his girlfriend while trying to shoot another man he claimed had attacked him at the party.