A 20-year-old was convicted manslaughter in the shooting death of a childhood friend in 2015, according to Sarasota police.
A jury on Friday found Devontae Robinson guilty of manslaughter and tampering with evidence, in connection to the July 11, 2015, slaying of 18-year-old Quenton Spears.
On the day of the shooting, police responded to the Family Inn, 4807 N. Tamiami Trail, for a suspicious incident that turned out to be a shooting. Robinson shot Spears during what appeared to be a verbal dispute, according to a police report.
Robinson, who was then 18, and Spears grew up as childhood friends, according to police.
Robinson will be sentenced next month.