SECTION: Section A; Page 14, Column 5; National Desk

August 30, 1985, Friday, Late City Final Edition

SECTION: Section A; Page 14, Column 5; National Desk

Son of Watts Grocer Found Guilty in Shooting BYLINE: AP DATELINE: LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29

The son of a grocer in the Watts area who received national attention for resisting a wave of gang terrorism was convicted today of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting that touched off the attacks.

The grocer’s son, James Hawkins Jr., had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Attwon Thomas, 19 years old. Mr. Hawkins, 40, had testified that the youth was accidentally killed in a struggle in front of the family’s grocery store.

The youth’s death on Sept. 11, 1983, started two nights of gang retaliation against the Hawkins home and store.

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