A Douglas County jury has found Samuel Smith guilty of second-degree murder in the death of an Omaha man who was trying to do a good deed.
Robert Chromy was shot and killed on April 6, 2003 after he chased three men who were shoplifting from a convenience store near 30th and Dodge.
Chromy's mother Sandra believes her son's good deed was a result of beating his own demons and wanting to make amends.
Sandra and the victim's father, Robert, say the most difficult part of the trial was listening to a recording of the events surrounding their son's death. It was a tape of a cell phone call Chromy placed to 911 as he pursued the shoplifters.
Samuel Smith is heard telling Chromy to, "move it." That's followed by the sounds of a struggle and then the sound of gunshots.
Smith was convicted of second-degree murder and using a weapon to commit a felony. He faces a maximum of life plus 50-years.
Smith's aunt, Andrea Mims, believes that too severe.
Mims says, "He's a young man. He was a young boy when it happened. He should do some time. He needs to learn his lesson but to keep this boy in here for the rest of his life is not the way."
Smith is scheduled to be sentenced on May 12th.
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