Hansen guilty of second-degree murder
Thomas Lee Hansen, 72, was found guilty of murder in the second-degree Friday afternoon.
Hansen was charged with murdering 54-year-old Sharon Kay Gerot, who was living with him south of Riverside at the time of her death on May 1, 2011.
The 12-member Washington County jury ended its deliberations shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday after hearing closing arguments that morning, which ended at 11:15 a.m.
Second-degree murder carries with it a sentence of 50 years, of which at least 70 percent must be served.
Hansen will be sentenced on Feb. 1, 2013 at 1:15 p.m. No bond was available to him.
For more information, see the Dec. 3 edition of The Washington Evening Journal.