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Date of Issue: September 10, 2008

Koenigs sentencing hearing set for Oct. 1

The man convicted of shooting a Holmes Beach business person and then aiming his gun at police will be sentenced Oct. 1.

A jury convicted Mark Koenigs in the shooting of Island Mail & More owner Sue Normand in early August after about three hours of deliberation.

The sentencing hearing before Judge Diana Moreland will take place at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.

Koenigs was convicted of one count of aggravated battery with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement.

During the trial, the jury learned that early on Dec. 5, 2007, Koenigs walked into the Island Mail & More store on East Bay Drive with a package.

Normand, who knew Koenigs as a customer, shook the package and told Koenigs he needed to secure whatever was inside the box.

The package contained a gun and, in the moments that followed, Koenigs removed the gun from the box and fired it, shooting Normand in the abdomen.

Koenigs left the store, running south from Holmes Beach into Bradenton Beach, where law enforcement officers on the Gulf shore surrounded him.

In courtroom testimony, police said Koenigs pointed a gun at officers. He was shot three times before he was taken into custody.

Koenigs, who has remained in the Manatee County jail since last December, faces a possible sentence of life in prison.

Normand has filed a civil suit against Koenigs alleging negligence and seeking damages.