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Andrews family reacts to guilty verdict

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Friday afternoon a jury found a Waterloo man guilty in a beating that killed another person.

The Black Hawk County jury found Paris Anding guilty of voluntary manslaughter and not second degree murder in the death of Marcellus Andrews. Anding hit Andrews in the head with a bat during a fight last August.

After the verdict, Marcellus Andrews' mother Velma said she misses her son very much and no verdict is going to bring him back.

"He loved his family. He loved me and I know that cause I told him I loved him So I don't have no regrets, " said Andrews.

After the verdict was read Paris Anding buried his face in his hands and arms. A number of people in the gallery let out sigh of relief, while others prayed.

Voluntary manslaughter carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. There is no minimum, so it will be up to the parole board to decide how much time Anding spends in prison.

Velma Andrews, who was sitting in the gallery when the verdict was read, says this trial has been very trying on her and her family.

"With this type of situation nobody's really happy. It's my faith that keeps me going. I can't hate. I don't hate nobody. I just miss my son," said Andrews.

Velma Andrews also says this is too close knit of community for violence like this to be taking place and she hopes people will learn something from her son's death.

Sentencing for Anding will be at a later date.

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