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      Semi driver found guilty in fatal crash trial

      Emotions were high in the courtroom on Friday morning as the jury reached their final verdict in the trial of 25-year-old Harley Durocher.

      The jury found Durocher guilty on all six felony counts he faced in regards to the fatal crash that killed an Escanaba couple. The jury reached a verdict after six hours of deliberation following a four-day trial.

      Several people attending the trial were in tears as the verdict was read. Durocher was found guilty on charges of operating on a suspended license causing death, reckless driving causing death, and operating with the presence of a controlled substance causing death.

      After the trial prosecuting attorney Steve Parks said he was relieved it??s over. He hopes this will start the family on their long journey towards closure.

      Durocher was driving a Roberto Logging truck in Gladstone on US 2 & 41 when he failed to stop at a red light at South Hill Road. He struck and killed Thomas and Barbra Swift, both 73, of Escanaba. At the time of the crash Durocher had a suspended license and marijuana in his system.

      he is expected to be back in court for his sentencing on June 20.

      TV6's Jessica Stevenson will have the story from the courtroom tonight on your TV6 Early News at 6 p.m.