Jury also finds McKinleyville man guilty of threatening witnesses
A notorious murder trial ended today with the conviction of a McKinleyville man who killed his friend in a drunken rage last year.
The jury in the courtroom of Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Marilyn Miles issued a guilty verdict for second degree murder against 23-year-old Jacob Charles Steele. He was found to have intentionally killed Jerry George by shooting him with his handgun during an argument at Steele’s McKinleyville apartment on Jan. 22, 2011.
The convicted man was also found guilty of criminal threats, stemming from statements he made to a witness who testified against him in the case.
“I am grateful for the hard work of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office Investigative Bureau and the jury,” Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos stated in the release. “And I extend my deepest condolences to Jerry George’s family.”
The DA prosecuted the case personally, and will be on hand for Steele’s sentencing on Mar. 13 at 2 p.m. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.