Ellis Munson claimed he was trying to help protect a woman from a man who had a knife.

Authorities say Munson admitted he was drunk and had used cocaine when he came barreling out of his home with two rifles early one morning last April and fired at least three shots at the pair.

On Thursday, a Crawford County Court of Common Pleas jury found Munson guilty on four of the charges in connection with the case, but acquitted him of attempted murder and five other charges.

Munson, 35, of 1073 Liberty St., was convicted of one count of simple assault and terroristic threats and two counts of recklessly endangering another person filed by Meadville police. A jury of four women and eight men deliberated for about three-and-a-half hours before returning the verdict.

He faces up to 11 years in prison when he is sentenced in March by Judge John Spataro.

Munson also was found guilty by Judge Spataro of discharging a firearm in the city — a summary count that carries up to 90 days in jail.

Munson was acquitted of three counts of aggravated assault, two other counts of simple assault and one count of attempt to commit murder.

Munson was accused by police of firing multiple shots from a rifle at Greg Nageotte and Cassandra Martin during an April 26 foot chase along Meadville’s East Alley.

Police had alleged the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. that day in East Alley behind Munson’s home.

Nageotte had been walking home from Deerhead Inn when he encountered Munson talking to Cassandra Martin, who was Nageotte’s live-in girlfriend, according to authorities.

When Nageotte and Martin attempted to leave, Munson allegedly went into his home and returned with a rifle, according to authorities.

Munson had claimed Nageotte had a knife and wanted Nageotte to leave his property, according to authorities. Munson claimed when he went inside his home he then heard Martin screaming, and Munson returned with both a .30-30 and a .22 rifle, according to authorities.

Munson was accused of firing one of the rifles at least three times at both Nageotte and Martin, according to police. No one was struck by any of the shots.

District Attorney Francis Schultz said he was disappointed by the verdict.

“He (Munson) admitted to having 10 beers and using cocaine prior to the incident,” Schultz said. “Evidence showed he was chasing them through the streets firing a high-powered rifle at them. The jury chose to believe he was just trying to scare them, not kill them.”

Though his client was convicted on some, but not all of the charges, Dan Mason, Munson’s defense attorney, was pleased.

“Based on the evidence presented, it was a fair verdict,” Mason said.

Schultz said he intends to ask the court of a lengthy sentence when Munson is sentenced March 31.

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