Backyard scene at 2830 High St. October 11, 2016 where two teenagers were shot by a homeowner early Sunday morning after climbing a fence to allegedly steal marijuana plants. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Denver man who killed teen raiding his marijuana grow is convicted of murder

Hammock, 49, was found guilty of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault-deadly weapon, and cultivation of marijuana

A Denver jury has convicted a man of shooting two teenagers who he said had climbed a fence into his yard to steal marijuana plants.

The jury also determined that Keith Hammock’s marijuana grow was illegal, according to a news release from the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Hammock, 49, was found guilty of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault-deadly weapon, processing or manufacturing marijuana, and cultivation of marijuana.

The shooting happened at 2 a.m. Oct. 9 in the backyard of Hammock’s home in the 2800 block of High Street. Keylin Mosley, 15, was killed and a 14-year-old boy was wounded.

Hammock told police that a motion-activated light came on when the teens entered the backyard. He shot the teens with a .22-caliber rifle from a second-story window of his home.

After the fatal shooting, a 17-year-old boy told investigators that he had been wounded by Hammock under similar circumstances in 2015.

This story was first published on DenverPost.com