Adam Hudson, 26, was found guilty of second-degree assault in an attack on Justin Pate on Feb. 13, 2011.
Assistant District Attorney Chris Sherer, who prosecuted the case, said the jury took less than two hours to find Hudson, who was 23 at the time of the incident, guilty of the assault. The trial began Monday.
The incident began with an altercation between Hudson and Pate at Arby’s in Jasper, Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said.
Pate left the scene, but Hudson followed him to a residence, dragged Pate out of his vehicle and physically assaulted him.
“We had a group of young people one night end up at Arby’s, and the defendant and a buddy came in and started a verbal altercation (with Pate) inside Arby’s,” Adair said.
A Jasper police officer who was off-duty at the time warned Hudson and his friend to leave the scene.
“Pate and his friends left to go home, but when they get home, Hudson had followed them,” Adair said. “(Hudson) came up beside them and jerked the victim out of his car and literally beat him to a pulp.”
The assault left Pate, who was 21 at the time, with facial fractures that later required surgery.
It was apparently sparked by Hudson’s dislike of a mutual acquaintance with Pate and comments that were made, Sherer said.
“This was almost like a high school-type deal, even though they were 20-something years old,” Adair said.
The charges against Hudson are a Class C felony, meaning he could face from a year to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced.
A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled by Judge Jerry Selman, who tried the case this week. Adair said the hearing is expected within the next 30 days.
“Despite the fact that it took less than two hours, we feel very good that the jury considered the evidence and thought about it and said this kind of violence, especially with young people, doesn’t need to stand,” Adair said. “This kind of thing has to be addressed with our young people.”
A second defendant in the the case, 27-year-old Cory Aaron of Jasper, is expected to be tried later this year.