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Jury acquits Thurman on felony charges, convicts on one misdemeanor battery charge

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Wednesday afternoon, a jury acquitted Jimmy Thurman of three counts of aggravated battery but convicted him on one count of battery stemming from an incident that took place in 2017.



Thurman was arrested on October 12, 2017, after he punched David Zanders, 50, of Douglas on October 7, 2017. In 2019, the grand jury indicted him on an aggravated battery charge. The indictment accused Thurman of "maliciously causing bodily harm to David Zanders by punching him in the face and breaking bones in the jaw, rendering his jaw temporarily useless." 



Last year, Thurman was re-indicted on the original charge and indicted on two additional aggravated battery charges. He went to trial this week. 



The jury returned a not guilty verdict on all of the felony aggravated battery charges but did convict Thurman on one count of misdemeanor battery. He was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail, 12 months probation, and pay $20,000 in restitution. He is expected to begin serving his sentence Monday. 

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