Sponaugle guilty of attempted murder


BATAVIA — A man who shot another person outside the Days Inn last year has been found guilty on all counts.

A jury convicted Jacob J. Sponaugle, 22, of second-degree attempted murder after a trial this week in Genesee County Court, according to the county District Attorney’s office.

He was found guilty of numerous other charges including first-degree assault; second-degree criminal possession of a weapon; aggravated criminal possession of a weapon; third-degree criminal possession of a weapon; and two counts of first-degree criminal use of a firearm.

The most serious charges carry a term of up to 25 years in prison. Sentencing has been set for Dec. 16.

The shooting occurred the night of July 22, 2020. A man walked into Days Inn about 9:30 p.m. suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Sponaugle, of Batavia, shot the 40-year-old victim during a gun deal near the hotel. He then fled the scene.

He was taken into custody a few hours later outside a house on Montclair Avenue in the city.

The victim was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment of what was described at the time as non-life threatening injuries.

Sponaugle had a previous criminal history, including one arrest that involved a firearm.

He was charged in July 2018 with menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon after he brandished a shotgun and pointed it at another person in what police described as a road rage incident.

Earlier that year he was charged with driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol.

Sponaugle was also charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into jail in early 2019.

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