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Wayne Treacy found guilty of attempted murder

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (AP) - Jurors reached a verdit in the trial against Florida teen Wayne Treacy.

Update, MON 4 PM: A jury has found Pompano Beach teen Wayne Treacy guilty of first-degree attempted murder in an attack that left fellow schoolmate Josie Lou Ratley with brain damage.

The jury rejected an insanity plea and reached the guilty decision just hours after deliberations began Monday morning.

The 17-year-old boy, who was tried as an adult, could receive a maximum of 50 years in prison.

Previously: A jury is now deliberating the guilt or innocence of a South Florida teenager accused of savagely kicking and stomping a 15-year-old girl outside a middle school.

The six-person jury went behind closed doors Monday morning following the five-day trial last week of 17-year-old Wayne Treacy.

Prosecutors are seeking a conviction for attempted first-degree murder in the March 2010 attack on Josie Lou Ratley, who suffered permanent brain injuries.

Treacy seeks acquittal by reason of insanity. Mental health experts testified that Treacy suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder because of his brother's suicide a few months before the attack.

Ratley made a reference to the brother's death in a series of increasingly insulting and vulgar text messages with Treacy.

If convicted of attempted murder, Treacy faces a maximum 50-year prison sentence.

Copyright 2012 WFLX. All rights reserved. AP contributed to this report.

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