Strong likelihood Daytona Beach convict, 26, could spend life behind bars for shooting man in face in soured drug deal

Alliston George found guilty of shooting another Daytona Beach man in a drug deal gone bad / Headline Surfer®Thomas Lawrence of Daytona Beach was shot in the face after a soured drug deal / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Alliston George, shown at far left, already a three-time convicted felon, could be looking at life behind bars for shooting fellow Daytona Beach resident Thomas Lawrence, shown in the inset, in the face back in 2014. Both men are known to Daytona Beach cops in the drug trade.
 

DAYTONA BEACH – At the age of 26, Alliston George of Daytona Beach could very well spend the rest of his life behind bars for shooting another man in the face with a .38 semi-automatic handgun the afternoon of Oct. 23, 2014, after an apparent soured drug deal.

A jury on Friday found George guilty of Attempted first degree murder with a firearm, which subjects him to Florida's 10-20-life statute, whenever a gun is discharged causing injury, which requires a 25-year-to-life sentence to be imposed. That he's looking at spending the rest of his life behind bars perhaps was a fata com-pleat for this three-time convicted felon.

Here is a synopsis of what occurred on that fateful day as reported in a Daytona Beach police report: George became enraged after arguing with his neighbor, Thomas Lawrence, earlier in the day at a nearby park over a drug transaction.

After returning from the park, George retrieved and loaded a .38 caliber semi-automatic handgun and approached an unarmed Lawrence who was standing outside his apartment with friends.

After bumping Lawrence to get him to turn around, George pulled out the .38 caliber handgun, pointed it at Lawrence’s face and fired one round which entered through Thomas Lawrence’s nose and embedded into his jawbone. George then ran from the scene, leaving Lawrence behind bleeding from the gunshot wound to the face.

After bumping Thomas Lawrence to get him to turn around, Alliston George pulled out the .38 caliber handgun, pointed it at Lawrence’s face and fired one round which entered through Thomas Lawrence’s nose and embedded into his jawbone George then ran from the scene, leaving Lawrence behind bleeding from the gunshot wound to the face. 

Daytona Beach police report on near-fatal drug shoorting / Headline Surfer®
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Above is a snapshot of a portion of the Daytona Beach police report on the shooting incident.
 

Multiple witnesses came forward to identify Alliston George as the shooter.

Circuit Judge Terrence Perkins, who presided over the trial, will sentence George at a later date. Information for this update was provided by the Office of State Attorney Ralph Joseph Larizza, which did not indicate how long the jury deliberated before finding the defendant guilty of the attempted murder charge with a firearm.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.