The trial for James Roland Hooper III entered its third day on Friday. Hooper is accused of killing a man in an incident at a gas station back in January 2019.
Closing arguments from the prosecution and defense were presented to the jury Friday afternoon.
The jury started deliberating a verdict at 6:45 p.m. and returned to the court room around 9:35 p.m.
The jury found Hooper guilty of the Second Degree Murder of Jacob Robertson. He was also found guilty of using a firearm in commission of a felony.
Hooper also had a bench trial on Friday. A judge found Hooper guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon by the judge.
The jury recommended sentencing Friday evening. They recommended the maximum plenty for second degree murder: 40 years. Hooper will serve a mandatory three years for the use of a firearm in commission of a felony and a mandatory three for the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Hooper could be facing 46 years total. He is 46 years old.
Afterwards, Jacob Robertson’s family said they are thankful to all the first responders who helped them during the incident, as well as during the trial. In the end they said they were satisfied with the verdict.
He will be sentenced by the judge on August 20th at 2:30 p.m.