A jury has found Michael Mathis not guilty in connection with the shooting outside the Boys and Girls Club in Rochester.
Mathis was found not guilty on all counts, including murder and assault.
Mathis, Johnny Blackshell Jr., and Jalen Everett were accused of opening fire into a crowd after a basketball game on Genesee Street in August 2015. Three people were killed and seven others were injured.
News 8 spoke with the mother of one of the deceased victims, Jonah Barley, after the verdict came down. Anita Barley said she was relieved the judicial process was finally over, as she had to endure four trials since the shooting.
“I’m very very glad that this is over. I was tired after the first trial, you know going and rehearsing it over and over again,” she said Thursday.
Mathis is the second defendant in the case to have walked free. In January, Jalen Everett was acquitted on all of his charges.
Barley said she felt if one defendant was convicted, they all should have been convicted, and if one defendant was found not guilty, they all would be set free.
Though she said for those who were given another chance, she wishes they’ll change their outlook on life.
“I really hope they get it together, because I wasn’t the one that gave you another chance. You might look at it as man, or people, that gave you another chance…but look at it as God gave you another chance. Don’t go back doing the same thing. Be a light, and be a help to the next person,” said Barley.
Blackshell Jr. was found guilty last June and is currently serving three life sentences as a result of the mass shooting.
Monroe County 1st ADA Perry Duckles, who prosecuted the case, said there could be no further legal action taken. Mathis will be set free after nearly two years behind bars while awaiting trial.