McNally Found Guilty of Murder

Claire Scholl, NewsChannel 3 Assignment Editor, assignmentdesk@keyt.com
POSTED: 04:31 PM PDT Oct 10, 2013    UPDATED: 09:23 PM PDT Oct 10, 2013 
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SANTA MARIA, Calif. -

A Lompoc federal prison guard is guilty of second degree murder. The verdict was reached Thursday in a Santa Maria courtroom.

Timothy McNally shot 32-year-old Gary Bent in the neck inside an Embassy Suites hotel room. Bent was also a prison guard.

McNally shot him while they were both drinking at the hotel. He claimed it was an accident. This is the second trial for McNally. In the first one a jury was unable to reach a verdict.

McNally will be sentenced next month. He faces a minimum of 15 years to life behind bars.