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Florida man convicted in death of Park Rapids graduate two years ago

David James with daughter Danielle shortly after her birth. (Family photo)

A Florida man has been convicted of manslaughter in the death of a 1987 Park Rapids graduate two years ago over a playground altercation.

David James, 41, was shot on a Florida playground by a neighbor after an argument over who could use a small basketball park.

A Tampa jury Monday found Trevor Dooley, 71, a school bus driver, guilty of the shooting that occurred in front of James' daughter, Danielle.

Dooley was convicted of manslaughter, improperly displaying a weapon and carrying the weapon onto the playground.

James and Danielle, then 8, were playing basketball on the Valrico court near their home when Dooley apparently tried to chase a group of skateboarding kids off the playground. Dooley pulled a gun after the argument became heated.

James, who died at the scene, is the son of Don and Toni James, who have left the Park Rapids area. His nearest relative is a sister in St. Cloud, Donna Edmunds

While at PRAHS, James was active in track, basketball, band and choir.

His Facebook page says he was in the U.S. Air Force 20 years and was a facilities manager for a company called L-3 Communications at the time of his death.

Sentencing for Dooley, who faces up to 30 years in prison, was set for Jan. 10.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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