I prefer the first.
Student or Learner
Which one do you prefer?
The defendant was found guilty of burglary and sent to prison.
The defendant was declared guilty of burglary and sent to prison.
The defendant was pronounced guilty of burglary and sent to prison.
Why not 2 and 3?
Got it. Did you find something wrong with the last two ones as well?
In the American court system a jury "finds" you guilty or not guilty. The judge doesn't arbitrarily "declare" you guilty.
"You have been found guilty by a jury of your peers" is how it goes.
Even in a judge trial, he or she "finds."