Live report: Beaumont man found guilty of attempted murder after two mistrials

Byron Bush, 37, was found guilty of attempted murder by a jury after two mistrials in the past 16 months.

A Beaumont man was found guilty and sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison for attempted murder when he shot at two Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies three years ago.

Byron Bush, 37, was found guilty by a jury after two mistrials in the past 16 months.

Judge Larry Gist handed down the 40-year sentence.

Bush faced a maximum life sentence for the May 22, 2014 incident, which stemmed from a dispute between Bush and two brothers suspected in a violent home invasion robbery in Nome several days earlier, trial testimony last year revealed.

Bush encountered the deputies unsuspectingly when he knocked on the North End Beaumont apartment door of one of the brothers.

The deputies were there to gather information about the home invasion when Bush arrived.

Bush, who at the time was a suspect but was never charged in the robbery, fled the apartment on foot when the deputies opened the door with their weapons drawn.

Bush fired a 9mm pistol as he ran away from the deputies before he was shot twice.

This was his third trial in just over a year. Bush was originally charged with attempted capital murder, but was convicted of simple attempted murder.

Bush is also the son of Beaumont ISD trustee Zenobia Bush.

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