It took a Sullivan County jury just 35 minutes to come back with a guilty verdict in the case against Monticello mayor Gordon Jenkins. Our Eva McKend has more on the two day trial that's been years in the making.
LIBERTY, N.Y. - "Petty, it's beyond petty," said Mayor Gordon Jenkins' attorney Michael Sussman.
The same day the Monticello mayor took the stand in his own defense, he was found guilty Tuesday afternoon of obstruction and disorderly conduct.
A misdemeanor and a violation stemming from an incident that happened almost two years ago.
Police say he punched a police officer who was working to deescalate a confrontation at his G-Man beauty supplies store.
"I don't see anyway on the basis of the evidence that was received that anyone could argue with a straight face that Gordon Jenkins intended to obstruct the administration of justice," said Sussman.
The prosecution said after Darryl Fowler was escorted out of Jenkins' store, they told Jenkins to stay inside.
But according to them, Jenkins came out, took a swing at Fowler and accidentally hit officer David Weiner.
Jenkins' attorney says his client was just trying to put an end to a hostile situation.
"His intent was made clear during this trial was to get the administration of justice to work and to work to remove a dangerous individual from the presence of his store," said Sussman.
The District Attorney's Office declined an on-camera interview but during closing arguments ADA Rob Zangla said the mayor must be held accountable for his actions.
"This is after arguing to the jury, he admitted that my client didn't hit anyone intentionally in the head. He said if it was an intentional assault, they would have charged with him assault
and then he continues to argue he has to be held accountable, so I don't really get it," said Sussman.
The mayor will be sentenced on May 1.
Jenkins attorney says he plans to appeal the decision.