Created: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 04:06:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:04:27 EST
Aurie Bonner III was found guilty Wednesday of the October, 2012, murder of Christine Cook in her General Lee Road home on Macon's north side.
The jury deliberated for less than an hour before finding Bonner guilty of strangling the 87-year-old woman and then stealing jewelry, including Cook's 2.5-carat wedding ring, and other items from the home.
Testimony earlier in the trial showed Bonner had hocked the ring for $7 and Cook's TV set for $50.
Bonner was found guilty of malice murder, burglary, aggravated assault and felony murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Police officers testified in the trial that Bonner had offered them numerous stories about the murder, some claiming he was in the house but that the killing was done by another man. Georgia Bureau of Investigation experts testified the Bonner's DNA was found beneath Cook's fingernails.
Bonner had known Cook through his father, who had done gardening for the Cook family.