COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Cookeville jury has found a man guilty of shooting his estranged wife and her boyfriend at her home in 2007.
Authorities said 34-year-old James Anthony Burgess spotted his wife Elizabeth Ann Burgess, their two children and her boyfriend James Prewitt at a restaurant and followed them to her home.
Putnam County Sheriff's Detective Shane Higgenbotham said Burgess fired a .45 caliber weapon some 20 times as the children looked on but were not injured.
The jury found Burgess guilty Friday of two counts of second-degree murder, aggravated burglary and reckless endangerment.
The Cookeville Herald-Citizen reported the jury rejected the state's request for a life without parole sentence, choosing instead to impose the life sentence, which gives the possibility of parole after 51 years.
Information from: Cookeville Herald-Citizen, http://www.herald-citizen.com/
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