CHICAGO (STMW) — A Cook County judge on Tuesday found a South Side teenager guilty of shooting and wounding an 11-year-boy looking for snakes with his friends.

Phil Hall was convicted of several counts of aggravated battery and discharge of a firearm, but Judge James Linn acquitted the 18-year-old of the more serious attempted murder charge, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Before the March 2012 shooting, Tyshaun Grant and his playmates saw Hall and another person standing near the sidewalk before Hall fired at the group five times as they came down a railroad embankment in the 300 block of West 58th Street, prosecutors said.

Tyshaun was shot in the back, and the bullet exited his chest.

Hall denied having gang ties, according to a police report. Tyshaun’s relatives also told reporters at the time that he was not involved in a gang.

Tyshaun was not present when Linn delivered his verdict Tuesday following a several day bench trial.

Hall, 18, will be sentenced on Sept. 10.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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