A former Army Ranger on trial in Rockville for killing his roommate was convicted Wednesday of involuntary manslaughter and use of a handgun in commission of a felony.
The jury found Gary Smith guilty of killing Michael McQueen, who was slain in 2006. Smith was found not guilty of "depraved heart murder," a form of second degree murder.
“It has often been said that justice delayed is justice denied,” said Montgomery County prosecutor John McCarthy. “Today, despite delays, there was no denying justice.”
Smith faces up to 30 years behind bars. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 15.
Michael McQueen was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in the Gaithersburg apartment he shared with Smith.
Following his death, Smith changed his account on how his roommate died, claiming McQueen committed suicide.
He also told investigators he wasn't home, but later admitted he was there at the time of McQueen's death. Smith says he loaded his gun and left it near his roommate.
After McQueen was shot, Smith said he panicked and took the gun, tossing it.
Smith was found guilty of killing McQueen in 2008 but the state’s high court threw out the conviction because it stated that important information wasn’t provided to the jury.