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Travis Brown found guilty in Hunt Club shooting trial

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The man accused with opening fire on three USM football players in 2010 at the Remington's Hunt Club night club, leaving one paralyzed, has been found guilty.

A jury handed down the verdict Thursday afternoon for Travis Brown, 30, accused of opening fire on three Southern Miss football players at approximately 1:30 a.m. on November 14, 2010.

Brown was found guilty on all three counts of aggravated assault. He was sentenced to three consecutive 20-year sentences with no chance for parole. His lawyer said he would seek to appeal.

On the opening day of his trial details came out for the first time regarding the sequence of events leading up to the shooting as the three victims - Martez, Tim Green, and Deddrick Jones took the stand.

According to the players' testimonies, a fight was touched off when Martez made a comment to a woman in the parking lot. Martez characterized it in court as a 'compliment' while defense attorney Michael Crosby called it an "ugly word'. The woman then made a phone call and a group of about 10 men - one of them Travis Brown - Green and Martez said, got into a fight with the players. It lasted a minute or so Green said, and the players retreated, outnumbered.

At that point they tried to leave but didn't have the car keys Martez testified. They were joined by several more players and went back into the parking lot to find more than 25 people gathered to fight.

It was heated, words were exchanged but no punches, and then suddenly - gunshots. Green and Jones testified that the last thing they heard before being shot was someone saying something like 'I bet this'll make them wanna back up.'

One of the first officers to arrive on the scene testified that he saw "hundreds running through the parking lot."

None of the players saw the gunman and only one eyewitness, who initially identified someone else as the shooter, is expected to testify. The defense is arguing that there's not enough evidence to convict Brown. The prosecution has that star eyewitness, and testimonies putting a shirtless Brown in the center of that first big fight.

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