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Jury returns verdict for ex-deputy coroner

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Barry Horn Jr. arrives at the Cumberland County Courthouse for the start of his trial Monday. Barry Horn Jr. arrives at the Cumberland County Courthouse for the start of his trial Monday.
CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Cumberland County jury has returned a split verdict at the trial for a former deputy coroner who faced charges in a police standoff nearly two years ago.

Barry Horn Jr., 31, was found guilty Friday on two felony counts of aggravated assault and four misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, but acquitted of the most serious charges of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.

He will be sentenced in May.

Police had gone to the Hampden Township home of Horn's then-girlfriend on the night of April 4, 2011 because he was reportedly suicidal, but the officers came under fire when they tried to talk to him. Police said at least 20 shots were fired in their direction.

Officers made their way into the Mandy Lane home after a five-hour standoff and found Horn passed out. No one was injured during the incident.

Horn's attorney, Paul Orr, said Horn had taken too much psychiatric medication, and had mental issues that were made worse two weeks earlier when he was fired by former coroner Todd Eckenrode.

Orr said Horn had tipped off the state attorney general's office that Eckenrode was stealing medications from death investigation, a crime to which Eckenrode pleaded guilty last year.

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