VICTORVILLE — The man accused of fatally shooting another man during a struggle outside a local market last year was convicted of manslaughter, according to court records.

A jury found Brandon Keith Todd, 37, of Helendale, guilty of one count of voluntary manslaughter on July 12, two weeks after a jury trial began. Todd was also found guilty of two allegations of discharging a firearm and using a firearm during a felony.

Prosecutors initially charged Todd with a count of murder, assault with a firearm on a person and possession of dangerous weapons after his arrest on Jan. 12, 2016, in connection to the fatal shooting of Ronnie Senegal that day.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials previously said Senegal, 43, of Helendale, was shot in front of the Lakeside Market and Mobil Gas Station in the Silver Lakes community in Helendale after a struggle with Todd. Witnesses at the time said Senegal punched Todd in the face before Todd pulled out a gun and shot him.

Senegal was taken to a local hospital but died from his injuries that day, officials said, while Todd fled the scene but was found and arrested shortly after.

Authorities remained tight-lipped about the shooting after it occurred, and no official motive has yet been released. Some residents speculated that a personal injury lawsuit, filed by Senegal against the Silver Lakes Association in March 2014, may have been behind the argument between Senegal and Todd.

SLA General Manager Michael Bennett previously confirmed to the Daily Press that Senegal filed a lawsuit after he reportedly slipped and injured himself on a local basketball court. However, Bennett said he did not know whether Todd was involved in the lawsuit in any way.

Todd and Senegal were familiar to each other, according to a friend of Todd's, who also claimed Todd called him after the shooting occurred and said Senegal made threats against him. However, this account was questioned by a relative of Senegal's. 

Prosecutors on the case declined to comment prior to sentencing.

Todd remains in custody at the Adelanto Detention Center in lieu of $1.9 million bail, booking records show, and is expected to be sentenced Aug. 3.

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