Lowe found guilty of attempted murder, other charges

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A jury has found Mark Lowe guilty of all but one charge, including attempted murder, after he is arrested for trying to shoot an attorney at his Chesterfield law office back in June of 2012.

The 42-year-old was found guilty of shooting at David DeFazio - his ex-wife's divorce attorney at Barnes and Diehl Law Firm - after he found out he would not have full custody of his daughter.

The verdict was reached shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. One charge was changed from malicious shooting into an occupied building to "unlawfully shooting into an occupied building."

Many of the witnesses say this shooting caused months and months of sleepless nights, depression and needs for counseling and medication.

"The jury found out and agreed that there is no justification for what they did, and I'm glad they came back with the verdict they did," said DeFazio.

Lowe's close friend and family expressed their feelings…one saying they were sick to their stomach to hear about the shooting – and always looked at Lowe as a loving father.

The jury sentenced Lowe to 12 years and one month. A judge will finalize the sentencing on December 3.

DeFazio has since opened his own practice separate from Barnes and Diehl.

A clinical psychologist with VCU evaluated Mark Lowe after the shooting. He diagnosed Lowe with Paranoid Personality Disorder – but he was not considered insane under Virginia Law.

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