FAIRFIELD — It took a jury only a few hours to find a Rio Vista man not guilty of carjacking and robbery charges that could have landed him a 12-year prison sentence.
The quick verdict Wednesday for Tyler T. Flannery, 31, came after his defense attorney, Deputy Public Defender Nick Filloy, told jurors that the District Attorney’s Office had “ridiculously overcharged” his client.
Testimony during the two-day trial reflected that on Dec. 9, 2013, Flannery got into a tussle with his mother at her Rio Vista home after she told him to get out of her house. The pair had a long history of problems and Flannery’s mother had previously obtained a restraining order for her son.
Flannery pushed his mom against a laundry room wall, plucked the keys to her Chevy Silverado, left the house and drove off in the truck while his mom was shouting at him, trying to get him to stop.
The prosecutor labeled Flannery “a parent’s worst nightmare” while Filloy dubbed his client “kind of a screw up.”
The prosecutor tried unsuccessfully to convince jurors that taking the keys from the home added up to robbery and that driving off in the car after the family dispute amounted to carjacking.
Filloy conceded to jurors that what Flannery did added up to nothing more than stealing a car, reminding them that Flannery, who was homeless at the time, had called his mom the day after taking the truck and told her where he had left it.
Jurors found Flannery guilty of auto theft. He could end up spending three years in county jail, Filloy said.
Flannery is scheduled to be sentence June 25.
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