COLLEGE PARK, GA – A guilty verdict was reached in the scalding water attack case of a gay couple in College Park Wednesday. Martin Blackwell was found guilty of eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault after refusing a plea deal the previous week.
The Associated Press reports that Blackwell was found guilty after assaulting Anthony Gooden and Marquez Tolbert while they were in bed in February.
He now faces forty years in prison.
The attack caused several severe burns that required several surgeries. One of the victims, Gooden, was in a coma for two weeks. The attack left him unable to work due to the burn injuries. Gooden told the court that he had burns to his face, body and back and that the recovery would take 2 years.
Gooden is the son of Blackwell’s then girlfriend.