After more than six hours of deliberation, a Washington County Circuit jury found Jack L. Hammersla Jr. guilty Friday of first-degree felony murder and second-degree murder in the November 2003 bludgeoning death of Shirley P. Finfrock.
The jury of six women and six men acquitted Hammersla, 49, on a charge of first-degree premeditated murder in the 68-year-old Finfrock's Nov. 12, 2003, death. The first-degree felony murder conviction is based on a first-degree burglary.
It was Hammersla's second trial on the charges.
In July 2004, a jury of six women and six men convicted Hammersla in an hour on both first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree felony murder based on robbery. In February, that conviction and a subsequent sentence of life without the possibility of parole were overturned by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
The appellate court ruled that evidence Hammersla pawned jewelry stolen from the Finfrock home should not have been submitted in the first trial, and ordered that he be given a new trial.