WELCH, W.Va. (AP) -- A Virginia man accused of killing War Mayor Thomas Hatcher has been convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy.
Earl Click of Grundy, Va., faces life in prison following the McDowell County Circuit Court jury's verdict. The jury recommended mercy, which means the 27-year-old Click would be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.
Media outlets report that the jury delivered its verdict Wednesday afternoon.
City workers found the 72- year-old mayor's body in his home on July 17, 2012.
Prosecutors say Hatcher was smothered with a plastic bag. The defense argued that the mayor died of natural causes.
Click's sister and co-defendant, 32-year-old Rebecca Hatcher, was acquitted of first-degree murder last November. A mistrial was declared on a conspiracy charge and a retrial is scheduled later this month.
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