The district attorney’s office will seek a possible civil commitment for Billy Jack Lyons after he was found guilty of a lesser charge in the 2005 stabbing of Robert Emerson.
A 12-person jury found Lyons guilty Thursday of reckless endangerment, instead of the original attempted first-degree murder charge. He was also found guilty of arson and vandalism over $500, but less than $1,000.
Witnesses told jurors Wednesday that Lyons burned Emerson’s Livingston Hollow Road barn on the morning of May 18, 2005. Around lunchtime, Emerson said Lyons approached and stabbed him in the chest. Emerson remained hospitalized for two weeks due to a punctured lung.