Driver convicted in death of honeymooner at California beach

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A driver who plowed into pedestrians on a crowded Los Angeles beach boardwalk has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of an Italian honeymooner.

Nathan Campbell was also convicted of 17 counts of assault with a deadly weapon for injuring others on the Venice Beach boardwalk in 2013.

The 39-year-old from Colorado faces up to life in prison when sentenced Aug. 5.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say Campbell was angry about a soured drug deal and deliberately targeted vendors and tourists on the popular walkway.

Campbell says he meant to reverse but the Dodge Avenger slipped into drive.

His attorney acknowledged Campbell killed Alice Gruppioni and hit people but said he had tried to avoid them and wasn't guilty of murder.

Campbell surrendered two hours after the incident.

 

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