A Hesperia man was convicted Thursday of firing a gun in a school zone but was acquitted of all other charges.


After about one day of deliberations, the jurors found Stanley Louis Thrasher, 57, guilty of discharge of a gun in a school zone, which could put him in prison for up to seven years. But they found him not guilty of discharge of a gun with gross negligence, having a gun at a public school, being a felon with a gun and resisting peace officers.


Dressed in black attire, Thrasher listened quietly as the court clerk read the verdict.


"We're disappointed that he was found guilty of one count, but we're relieved that we're acquitted of all other five counts against him," Deputy Public Defender Luke Byward said. "He shot the gun toward the ground and it was a small 22-caliber. And there was no testimony that there was anyone in the immediate vicinity."


Byward said he plans to file a motion against the guilty conviction July 21 when Thrasher is scheduled to be sentenced.


Thrasher shot his Western revolver outside his home directly across the street from Mesa Grande Elementary School in Hesperia around 8 a.m. Dec. 2. As parents were dropping off their kids, school officials immediately pulled them into the school and placed the campus on lock down.


"I was curious to see if it still fired," Thrasher testified. "I haven't fired it in a long time."


Thrasher said he's always been shooting his guns at home in other places.


Deputy District Attorney Cecilia Joo couldn't be reached for comment.


Tomoya Shimura may be reached at tshimura@VVDailyPress.com or (760) 955-5368.