Newlon convicted of first degree murder with a recommendation for mercy

The jury in the case of a Randolph County man accused of shooting his wife has reached a verdict.

After less than two hours of deliberation, Theodore Yeager Newlon, 86, of Gilman, was convicted of first degree murder for the 2012 killing of his 68-year-old wife, Dora Newlon.

The jury recommended mercy for Newlon, who was indicted in June 2012.

The crime carries a potential sentence of life with the eligibility for parole after 15 years.

Sentencing has not been scheduled.