WELCH, W.Va. -- A Virginia man accused of killing War Mayor Thomas Hatcher has been convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy.
Earl Click of Grundy, Va., faces life in prison following the McDowell County Circuit Court jury's verdict. The jury recommended mercy, which means the 27-year-old Click would be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.
The jury delivered its verdict Wednesday afternoon.
City workers found the 72-year-old mayor's body in his home on July 17, 2012.
Prosecutors say Hatcher was smothered with a plastic bag. The defense argued that the mayor died of natural causes.
Click's sister and co-defendant, 32-year-old Rebecca Hatcher, was acquitted of first-degree murder last November. A mistrial was declared on a conspiracy charge and a retrial is scheduled for later this month.