James Ealy murder trial: Guilty verdict reached in 2006 robbery, murder at Lindenhurst Burger King

May 24, 2013 (WAUKEGAN, Ill.)

Hutchison's family members say they're grateful for the verdict.

"It won't ever bring her back, but at least he won't be able to murder anybody else," said Richard Nothnagel, the victim's son.

"I hope he rots in prison. You never close the book, but you learn to turn the page," said Ken Hutchison, the victim's husband.

A jury found Ealy guilty on Friday. Prosecutors say Ealy stabbed Burger King manager Mary Hutchison with a flat head screwdriver, then used the bowtie she wore as part of her uniform to strangle her on November 27, 2006.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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