Metro bus stopped at a bus stop. File photo by John Schreiber.
Metro bus stopped at a bus stop. File photo by John Schreiber.

A jury found Friday that a Los Angeles man was sane when he shot and killed a Metro driver shortly after boarding a bus in West Hollywood nearly three years ago.

The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated less than three hours before returning its verdict in the sanity phase of trial for Anthony Craig Chambers, now 44, according to Deputy District Attorney Marna Miller.

The first jury to hear the case against Chambers convicted him last March of first-degree murder for the May 20, 2012, shooting death of 51-year- old Alan Thomas, and found true a special circumstance allegation of murder of a bus driver in the performance of his duties. That panel deadlocked on whether Chambers was sane or insane at the time of the crime.

Shortly after getting on the bus, Chambers pulled a shotgun out of a suitcase, approached the driver and shot him twice without provocation, according to the prosecutor.

Chambers was taken into custody after he was seen climbing out of the window of the bus on Santa Monica Boulevard, west of La Cienega Boulevard.

Chambers is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. He is set to be sentenced March 4.

City News Service

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