GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WJBK) - A Michigan man has been found guilty of first-degree murder after his neighbor was found dead shortly after Christmas last year.
Wendell Popejoy was accused of killing Sheila Bonge while she cleared snow. The jury in Ottawa County Circuit Court deliberated nearly three hours Monday before reaching its verdict.
Police say Bonge was shot while clearing snow from an easement that she and neighbors used to get to their driveways in Crockery Township, which is about 10 miles east of Grand Haven.
Authorities said during their investigation that they had responded to Popejoy's home in the past for disputed involving neighbors. After his arrest, Popejoy told police that Bonge was a "nuisance to the neighborhood" and the killing was a "snap decision."
Members of her family found her body under snowfall down a hill behind Popejoy's house. He shot her in the back of the head then pushed her body down the hill on a sled.
Popejoy is set to be sentenced on November 5. He faces a mandatory life prison term without the possibility of parole.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report