DAYTONA BEACH – A Daytona Beach man was convicted by a Volusia County Jury today of Attempted First Degree Murder with a Firearm.
On October 23, 2014, Alliston George, became enraged after arguing with his neighbor, Thomas Lawrence, earlier in the day at a nearby park. After returning from the park, Alliston George retrieved and loaded a .38caliber automatic handgun and approached an unarmed Thomas Lawrence who was standing outside his apartment with friends. After bumping Thomas Lawrence to get him to turn around, Alliston George pulled the .38 caliber handgun, pointed it at Thomas Lawrence’s face and fired one round which entered through Thomas Lawrence’s nose and embedded into his mandible. Alliston George then ran away from the scene, leaving Thomas Lawrence behind bleeding from a gunshot wound to the face. Multiple witnesses came forward to identify Alliston George as the shooter.
Assistant State Attorney Tammy Jaques, of the State Attorney’s Career Criminal Unit, prosecuted the case. Judge Terrence Perkins presided over the case. The defendant will be sentenced at a later date and is subject to the 10-20-life statute which requires a 25years to life sentence to be imposed.
For more information contact:
Spencer S. Hathaway
Public Information Officer / Assistant State Attorney
Office of R.J. Larizza
State Attorney, Seventh Judicial Circuit