Man found guilty of felony murder

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.

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Information from: Cookeville Herald-Citizen, http://www.herald-citizen.com/

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

APNP-01-26-09 1334CST


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