Burglar convicted in woman's heart attack death

Willie Robertson (Courtesy of The Advertiser)
Willie Robertson (Courtesy of The Advertiser)

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette jury has convicted a homeless man of manslaughter in the death of an elderly woman who suffered a fatal heart attack during a 1999 home burglary.

The Advertiser (http://bit.ly/15jiEVy ) reports that 46-year-old Willie Robertson, had been charged with second-degree murder and faced up to life in prison without parole. However, Judge Glennon Everett told jurors Thursday they could consider lesser charges.

Jurors returned a manslaughter verdict after deliberating 2 ½ hours. A sentencing date wasn't set. Assistant District Attorney Roger Hamilton said he would recommend the maximum of 40 years.

The victim was Irene Schoofs, who lived alone. She returned home from shopping in October 1999 and died of a heart attack when she found an intruder inside.

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